Carnival fails health inspection: A Carnival Cruise ship failed its health inspection after inspectors from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found live flies, food waste, and a roach nymph on the Carnival Fascination ship.
The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program gave the vessel an 84. Anything below and 86 on the scale is considered failing, reported USA Today.
The Fascination, which holds more than 2,000 passengers, was inspected in February and the CDC report was made public this week.
“At the hamburger grill, there was a large fly around the uncovered raw hamburger patties. The area was open during the inspection,” the report said. It also said inspectors found there was not enough chlorine in the water park, no sneeze-guard at some salad bar areas, and not enough lighting in some places.
They also found a “roach nymph” and four to six flies around a drain deck near a juice dispenser used by the room service office.
“In the past five years, no Carnival ship has failed a U.S.P.H (U.S. Public Health) inspection and the fleet’s average score during that time period is 97. The average over 20 inspections already conducted in 2013 is 97.2,” Carnival spokesman Vance Gullikse told the paper.
Gullikse said that following the report, “corrective action was taken immediately, with several issues being resolved during the inspection and all issues resolved within 24 hours of the inspection.”
The failed inspection comes amid high-profile ship malfunctions, including a major one on the Triumph vessel. An engine room fire stranded the ship out at sea in the Gulf of Mexico for several days without power, and backed up toilets, while leaving passengers with little food and electricity.
Last month, Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill said that changes will be coming to the cruise line.
“I can assure you that since this fire occurred, it’s been the No. 1 priority for both Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Corp,” Cahill said, according to CBS News. He added, “You can rest assured, it’s our highest priority. We will come up with some solutions that we can implement across our fleet.”
Fox Business on Thursday reported that Carnival has offered some of its cruises for as little as $40 per night amid the ships’ problems.