‘Carnival’ comes to San Francisco

The San Francisco Embarcadero is expecting a new arrival – a really big one.

The gigantic Carnival Splendor, which made gruesome headlines when its engines caught fire in November, will dock at Pier 70 in order to undergo about a month of serious repairs.  The engine fire left the ship’s crew and 3,000 passengers without power, hot water, or fully-functioning sewage for four long days.

Though for many tourists this looming leviathan may serve as a dire reminder of what can happen when good vacations go bad, the repair work will supply SF port union employees with thousands of working hours over the course of the next month – a welcome source of economic stimulus to an area which has recently hit a snag in redevelopment revenue thanks to Governor Brown’s new California budget.

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