September 13, 2004
Carnival Pride A Surprise CDC Sanitation Failure
Carnival Pride has found itself in an unwanted place -- on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "failure" list. The ship, inspected in August in Long Beach, scored an 83; 86 is considered passing. This is the first time the ship has scored anything less than a 90.
Specific problems? According to the CDC's inspection report, fairly significant deductions were taken for sanitizing problems in the crew galley, issues with onboard drinking water and "black moldy residue" in the Casino bar.
A Carnival spokesman told ++++++ that "we're told that, as per Carnival procedure, corrective action was immediately taken after the inspection and the paperwork was submitted ... The Pride is scheduled to be re-inspected next week."
Another well-known ship recently flunked the CDC's sanitation inspection in a more flamboyant way. Windjammer's Legacy, tested in Miami in July, received a score of 76. While the ship, a four-masted schooner launched in 1959, has flirted with passing and failing (oddly enough when it passes -- it nets really superb 90-plus scores), this is Legacy's most dismal showing since 2000.
The ship lost big points for failures in disease reporting (it was late in submitting the required gastrointestinal illness report for five straight cruises), was cited for hazardous food temperature storage (with examples of those in the temperature danger zone ranging from shrimp to cream cheese), and issues with galley dishwashing (food- and debris-soiled equipment and utensils stored in clean areas).
A Windjammer spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
On a more positive note, three of cruising's newest vessels -- Holland America's Oosterdam, Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas and Princess' Caribbean Princess -- all aced the CDC's notoriously difficult inspection on their first go-around.