A Carnival cruise ship has become the sixth cruise ship this year to flunk a sanitation inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Carnival Fascination failed the surprise inspection with a score of only 84. You can read the report from the CDC here. It's full of dirty and unsanitary conditions in the galley and food serving areas, as well as problems with the recreational water supplies.
The Fascination had a problem which we are hearing about more often, that is when crew members are experiencing acute gastrointestinal illness but keep working. This substantially increases the chances that they will infect other crew members and the passengers that they come into contact with. The problem is particularly critical when the infected crew are food handlers.
Five other cruise ships have failed CDC inspections this year.
Two weeks ago we wrote about the Celebrity Summit, the Golden Princess, the Sea Dream Yacht Club's Sea Dream, and the Caribbean Fantasy operated by America Cruise Ferries all of which flunked the CDC inspections. You can read our article: Disease Breeding Grounds: Three Cruise Ships Fail Health & Sanitary Inspections
A week ago, we wrote about another Celebrity Cruises ship, the Celebrity Century, which also failed the inspection.
Read the U.K.'s Daily Mail article: Carnival Fascination Fails Health Inspection After Dead Flies, Leaking Brown Material and Cockroach 'Nymph' Found on Board
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