After miserably failing the December 2, 2017 sanitation inspection by the United States Public Health (USPH) last month, the USPH re-inspected the Carnival Vista today at the port of Miami. The Carnival cruise ship passed the re-inspection with a score of only 88, three points above the failing score of 85.

The December 2nd sanitation inspection found that Carnival Vista crew members were caught hiding perishable food and galley equipment in crew quarters. The report stated that "an organized effort was made to physically move several containers and trolleys of food equipment, utensils, spices, potentially hazardous food items, raw produce, and decorations to a crew cabin hallway and a crew cabin in order to avoid inspection by VSP staff."

Last month, the USPH sanitation inspection resulted in a failing score of only 79.

The USPH concluded that crew members moved trolleys filled with lexan boxes of perishable food and galley equipment in order to hide the items from the inspectors. Included on the trolleys were lexan boxes filled with butter, buttermilk, whipping cream, raw salmon, raw lamb and other meats. Inspectors discovered a skillet of lasagna near a crew member bed. Mixed with this food in the lexan boxes were galley machine equipment and batteries, among other items. Flies were found in some food containers.

In addition, the inspectors found incomplete and/or inaccurate acute gastrointeritis logs, soiled lexan boxes and galley equipment, incorrect time control labels, and raw meat and fish contaminating salad items. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delayed from December 2, 2017 until January 16, 2018 – a period of six weeks – before publishing the failed score and disclosing the intentional misconduct by Carnival to the public.   

The re-inspection score of only 88 is one of the lowest scores, without failing, of a ship operated by a major cruise line in the past year. Unfortunately, the CDC does not have the leadership to punish Carnival for its deliberate wrongdoing, such as ordering the Vista cruise ship not to sail.

The re-inspection today found more unsanitary conditions, to be officially disclosed by the CDC to the public at some time in the future. 

The Vista is one of four Carnival cruise ships to have failed the inspection by the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in the last four months, including the Carnival Breeze (77), Carnival Triumph (78), and the Carnival Liberty (80). The Carnival Paradise (83) also failed the VSP inspection last year.

A crew member who wishes to remain anonymous sent us the draft report today.

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CDC Sanitation Draft Report Carnival Vista




    Terrified now, I am going on that ship in 5 days.

  • I leave on this ship on the 4 of February only a few days. For the price you pay to sail on these ships it should be much better than this. Could this be the reason for sickness, bloating, sour stomach. Hmmm well I will be filing a report if I get sick on my trip is all I can say

  • John Smith

    Hiding food in crew cabins from USPH inspectors had always been the official unwritten policy on Carnival ships. We had been told this much by supervisors and managers at several meetings held before arrival in home port, where we were begged not to forget to take out-of-place or otherwise problematic items to our cabins the next day. Many cooks and waiters had regularly kept items in their cabins on home port days.
    …Until USPH finally started to inspect crew cabins at the end of last year. Then Carnival of course immediately pretended they had never known of this practise and it wasn’t a widespread practise at all and fired all cooks caught by USPH and their direct supervisors as well as food managers. We were told this much by management too last December.
    The truth is that Carnival ships are dirty. Carnival simply doesn’t buy enough dish washing machines and/or does not pay enough galley personnel to keep the ship clean. Waiters have to fight for clean items all the time but at the end they have to contend with not-too-dirty(!?) ones. Which is simply disrespectful of both employees and guests.
    With regards to not following USPH rules on the storage and display temperature and time control of food it seemed none of the managers know exactly what the rules are, we were given contradictory information and directions all the time regarding details. But for sure we had to do nearly everything different on home port days, so trying to follow USPH rules is reserved only for home port days.
    However special cleaning before home port means forcing an already overworked and overtired crew to work even longer hours by threatening them they will be fired if the ship fails USPH inspection, so they are trying to give the ship a clean look, which is of course unattainable give the shortage of manpower and even cleaning materials most of the time.