The Bahama Mama cruise ferry, operated by Balearia Bahamas Express, recently failed a bi-annual sanitation and health inspection conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
I first read about the Bahama Mama flunking the CDC inspection in an article by Theresa Norton Masek in Travel Pulse titled Bahama Mama Ferry Fails CDC Inspection.
The official CDC report chronicles a disgusting list of filthy conditions (with the requisite dead flies and crawling insects) on the ship as well as disturbing failures to comply with health procedures designed to avoid food contamination. The report indicates that the ship did not even have acute gastroenteritis surveillance logs for each voyage, although there were ill crew members on the ship.
The ship has not complied with the CDC and submitted a corrective action report.
The ship sails between Port Everglades and Freeport, Bahamas.
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