- Jim Hayward Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
For the fourth time in two months, a Carnival cruise ship failed an inspection due to sanitation problems.
An inspection of the Carnival Liberty on Jan. 4 found dead flying insects in a dishwasher; a beverage carton in a refrigerator with a long hair on it; plus corroded, dirty or broken machinery, the Miami Herald reported. The health inspection was conducted as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vessel Sanitation Program.
Ships must score and 86 out of 100 to pass. Liberty scored an 80. A December CDC report showed failing grades for Carnival's Vista (79) and Breeze (77). In November, Carnival's Triumph received a score of 78.
The scores marked the time each of the four ships has failed an inspection, the Herald story said, adding that most of the cruise line's ships historically earn passing grades during the CDC inspections.
The Triumph was later re-inspected and scored a 98, according to Carnival. It gained notoriety in 2013 as the "poop cruise" when an engine room fire caused it to lose propulsion and standed passengers with few working bathrooms.
The CDC has not released Triumph's re-inspection report, the Herald said. The Breeze and Vista have yet to be re-inspected, a Carnival spokeswoman told the Herald.
Carnival and other cruise lines help fund the Vessel Sanitation Program, which is designed to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses. "We have taken immediate corrective action, not only for the items reported, but also in providing widespread and intensive re-training and continuing education to all levels of our shipboard team members across the fleet," spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said.
Meanwhile, the Miami-based cruise line announced that it's moving the Carnival Miracle from Long Beach, Calif., to Tampa in February. The 2,124-passenger ship will replace the 2,052-passenger Paradise, which will go into dry-dock to be upgraded.