Published: Nov 11, 2010 6:30 PM EST
Updated: Nov 11, 2010 1:34 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An official aboard the stricken cruise ship off California's coast says passengers and crew are all safe and making the best of it.

Cruise Director John Heald says the thousands of guests on the Carnival Splendor "have risen to the obvious challenges and difficult conditions onboard."

Heald's comments are some of the first from any of the passengers and crew to reach the mainland as both Internet and cell phone links have been down until recently. His comments were posted in a blog on Carnival's website.

He says he's been making a lot of announcements from the bridge to keep everyone informed of the situation.

The ship was on a seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera when a fire killed its power. The ship is being towed to San Diego and is due in port around 7 a.m. PST.