- Most of the more than 200 active cruise ships the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has inspected received passing grades: at least an 86 on the agency’s 100-point sanitation score.
- But a handful earned failing grades for a variety of reasons, including improperly stored food and the presence of flies in food-and-beverage areas.
- Carnival Cruise Line‘s Carnival Fantasy ship received the lowest score, with 77 points out of 100.
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Most cruise ships are pretty clean, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which inspects ships to make sure they maintain proper sanitation.
Most of the more than 200 active cruise ships the CDC has inspected received passing grades: at least an 86 on a 100-point sanitation score. But a handful earned failing grades for a variety of reasons, including improperly stored food and the presence of flies in food-and-beverage areas.
These are the six cruise ships that currently operate in the US market and received a failing grade during their most recent CDC inspection, ranked in descending order of the inspection score.
6. Ocean Dream
Cruise line: Maritime Holdings Group
Date of most recent inspection: July 13, 2018
Inspection score: 85
Violations: Dirty coffee and ice machines; yogurt, cheese, and eggs stored at excessive temperatures; difficult-to-clean surfaces.
A Maritime Holdings Group representative said the ship passed an inspection in May of this year. The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
5. Le Boreal
Cruise line: Compagnie Du Ponant
Date of most recent inspection: October 6, 2017
Inspection score: 84
Violations: Food stored at excessive temperatures and in a dirty shopping cart; dirty and broken dishwashers; a dirty coffee machine; a dirty ice machine; flies found in food-and-beverage areas.
Compagnie Du Ponant did not respond to a request for comment.
4. MS Grand Classica
Cruise line: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Date of most recent inspection: July 24, 2019
Inspection score: 81
Violations: Dirty dishwashing machines, dead insects found in food packaging, dirty food-contact surfaces, dirty dishes stores with clean ones, flies found in food-service and dish-cleaning areas.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
T3. Safari Endeavour
Cruise line: Un-Cruise Adventures
Date of most recent inspection: September 9, 2018
Inspection score: 79
Violations: An absence of backflow-prevention devices for a coffee machine and a glass-washing machine; milk and half-and-half stored at excessive temperatures; failure to discard expired sour cream and salsa; storing eggs and other food items in dirty containers; dirty cups, bowls, and cutting boards; storing dishes, pots, and utensils in dirty ovens.
“We immediately took corrective action when the Safari Endeavour received a poor inspection report from the CDC last year,” an Un-Cruise Adventures representative said. “These steps included senior management on site to retrain ship staff, accelerated check-ins and monitoring of procedures on board, and flying two executive chefs to the Vessel Sanitation Program headquarters in Miami for further training.”
T3. Silver Wind
Cruise line: Silversea Cruises
Date of most recent inspection: March 18, 2018
Inspection score: 79
Violations: Flies in food-and-beverage areas; a broken soap dispenser near the pot-washing area; dirty equipment in washing and food areas; storing clean cups and pots near dirty ones; food stored at improper temperatures.
A Silversea representative said in May that the Silver Wind has since been re-inspected and received a passing score.
1. Carnival Fantasy
Cruise line: Carnival Cruise Line
Date of most recent inspection: July 18, 2019
Inspection score: 77
Violations: Brown water coming from showers in medical center; insufficient chlorine levels in the waterpark; “excessive visible debris” in pool water; unlabeled containers of powders, spices, and herbs; at least 15 flies found on bagels and bread; utensils stored in dirty water; insufficient sneeze-guard protection for passenger food; dirty bowls and cups stored next to clean ones.
Carnival did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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