Caribbean Fantasy Flunks Sanitation Inspection - Why Doesn't the CDC Shut Nasty Ships Like This Down?

Professor Ross Klein's website reports that the Caribbean Fantasy, operated by American Cruise Ferries, failed a surprise inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.  

The Caribbean Fantasy received a failing score of 81. The CDC report is, in a word, gross.

The CDC discovered major problems with the maintenance of the ship's potable water tanks and bunkering system. 

The most disgusting findings were the discovery of "numerous food safety violations" where the ship's American Cruise Ferries Caribbean Fantasystaff used storage lockers to improper store food and galley equipment and utensils.  CDC inspectors found "pests" in the storage lockers which started to be cleaned only during the CDC inspection. 

The CDC found a refrigerator out of order, an oven in the galley out of order, a door to another oven broken, and a dishwasher broken.

Among other disgusting findings by the CDC:

"Multiple condiments and salt and pepper shakers stored among soiled pots and pans."

"Numerous large plastic containers, pots, pans, baking sheets, and coffee carafes were stored as clean but still soiled with food remnants."

"Different sizes of live nymph cockroaches were under the shelves where galley equipment was stored."

Pest management receiving logs had prefilled comments, including "All deliveries free of infestation."

Some "rat guards were not installed."

You can read the report here.  

Earlier this week, we mentioned that the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), as past of its Vessel Sanitation Program, gave failing scores to two cruise ships following inspections this summer. The cruise ships involved were Regent's Seven Seas Navigator and Un-Cruise Adventures' Safari Endeavour. Both ship flunked the CDC's sanitation inspections.

The Seven Seas Navigator scored a 79 and the Safari Endeavour scored a 81.

These dismal scores of supposedly luxury lines come at a time when the Silver Shadow failed in a highly publicized and spectacular fashion when the CDC caught the crew hiding 15 trolleys of meat, fish, cheese and other perishable items in crew quarters this summer. The CDC concluded that the Silver Shadow intentionally hid food outside of the galley as part of a scheme to obtain high CDC inspection scores.       

Time for the CDC to shut some of these dirty cruise ships down.

 

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Jack H - September 1, 2013 12:08 PM

When was the last time a cruise was halted because it failed an inspection? Does it ever happen to a ship owned by a major cruise line?

Jim Walker - September 1, 2013 2:39 PM

Jack: I can't recall the CDC ever shutting a cruise ship down for a failed score. The CDC did shut the Celebrity Mercury down when it sailed on its fourth consecutive voyage with norovirus and repeatedly sickened passengers and crew.

They stopped one ship for an outbreak... - September 2, 2013 12:55 PM

The last time (which I can recall) CDC stopped a ship was when the Celebrity Mercury, owned by Royal Caribbean) had a norovirus outbreak they couldn't control. They had them tied up in Charlotte, NC for a few days to do deep cleaning. CDC needs to get tougher with these cruise ships. Who cares if they fail? They aren't fined for not following the rules. Who cares if CDC posts the records on their website for the public to see? There are more first time cruisers than repeat cruisers and first time cruisers have no idea how to really research the ship before they sail. First time cruisers are just looking at ports and ship amenities. If CDC really wants to make a difference - they will detain ships for failing or issue massive fines (for which they currently cannot do).

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