According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), another Celebrity Cruises ship flunked a surprise inspection.
The Celebrity Century failed the CDC inspection, receiving a score of only 78.
Last week we reported that another Celebrity cruise ship, the Summit scored, flunked an inspection with a score of only 81. Three other cruise ships received failing scores as well. So far this year there have been five cruise ships with failing grades. Read our article: Disease Breeding Grounds: Three Cruise Ships Fail Health & Sanitary Inspections.
The most disturbing finding was not just that the Century was dirty with contaminated food debris, but that crew members worked while ill with gastrointestinal sicknesses. Several of the ill ship employees worked in the galleys or interacted with passengers while ill. The other cruise ships who flunked the inspections earlier this year also had ill crew members who worked with food and around passengers as well.
These findings are significant because the cruise lines always blame the passengers when there are norovirus outbreaks and accuse the quests of not washing their hands. The outbreaks may be due to ill employees who may be contaminating the food and infecting passengers.
You can read the report of the Century here.
The report indicates that two cruise ship cook worked while ill before reporting to the ship's medical infirmary. A sick hair stylist worked all day around passengers before going to the medical center. And an ill gift shop attendant worked before going to the medical center and continued working after he was suppose to be in isolation.
A particularly disgusting finding was that the toilet intended for galley workers was found locked when the galley was in service, and when the inspectors opened the door, the bathroom had no toilet paper.
And you wonder why there are norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships?
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