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 staff 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."
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.
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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