Carnival cruise ship fails health inspection after ‘brown water’ and ‘flies’ spotted

Cruise company Carnival Cruise Line has come under fire after its cruise ship Carnival Fantasy failed to pass its recent inspection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspection scored the ship just a 77 out of 100. Cruise ships need to get a score of above 86 to pass. The score is the lowest in the Fantasy’s history, since earning a 78 during a 1990 inspection. Carnival Cruise Line has now said it will be taking “corrective action” to approve conditions on the ship, the oldest of its Fantasy-class cruise ships.

Cruise: Carnival ship fails health inspection in lowest ever scoring after “brown water” & “flies”

According to the Inspection Report: “The inspector noted brown water discharged from two shower hoses in the medical centre.”

It added: “A crew member confirmed that they see brown water in their shower that is used at least twice daily.

“Potable water crew were unaware of the current issue. Crew noted the water had been tested in past but that it was not recent.”

Problems were also found with the foodservice. “Throughout the inspection, a number of deficiencies were observed related to food equipment and facilities, protection of food and clean items, handling of waste and soiled items, food employee knowledge, and food employee managerial control,” said the report.

Flies were also seen and instruments stored incorrectly. “During breakfast service, three large bowls of bagels and sliced bread were out for self-service with flies on the food.

“There were not less than 15 small flies on the bagels and bread. These items were discarded.”

It added: “On the clean storage racks, at least six bowls and cups were slightly to heavily soiled with food debris. The sign above the racks stated that it was the clean utensil area. Staff stated that they check the utensils before sending to the buffet lines.”

Multiple issues were found with sneeze guards in eating areas as well, in both crew and passenger areas.

The cruise ship was found not to have an up-to-date “faecal and vomit accident response procedure” in a plan presented to the inspector, either.

Leaks were also found as well as “accumulations of dust” and areas of “disrepair” among other problems.

The Fantasy’s latest score is the lowest in the ship’s history, since earning a 78 during a 1990 inspection.

Carnival has now said they will move to rectify the concerns raised in the CDC inspection.

A Carnival spokesman told “The results for Fantasy are not reflective of our robust standards and dedicated commitment to our guests’ health and safety.

“We have already taken corrective action, added additional staff and asked USPH for a re-inspection as soon as possible, with every expectation that we will exceed USPH.”

Other cruise liners that failed the CDC inspection included the MS Grand Classica from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines (with a score of 81) and Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas (82).

Last month, a Carnival Cruise ship docked in the Bahamas was caught on video spewing huge clouds of black smoke into the air. 

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