Know How Clean Your Cruise Ship is
In 2016 I took a Hawaiian cruise on the Carnival, Legend. Of all the cruises I have taken this was by far the worst. Among the many issues the cruise had, one of the biggest issues was the food. The food in the main dining room was dry, tasteless and boring. At times it was so bad that we got up in the middle of dinner and walked out. At the buffet the eggs looked like they took a pan full of oil and slightly cooked them. They were soggy and under cooked.
So where can a person considering a cruise go to see what the issues and violations on various cruise ships are having?
This is the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program site where the public can go to see inspection reports from the different cruise lines. You can search by cruise line or by a specific ship.
After looking at the Carnival, Legend’s report it really wasn’t that surprising after experiencing the ship first hand.
The report revealed issues such as: food cross contamination, improper food temperatures, leaks, problems with food sanitation, improper labeling, issues with the drinking water and cleanliness.
This website is a good research tool for people considering a cruise. Don’t get me wrong, I love cruising but at the same time you have to do your homework. Not all cruise lines or cruise ships are created equal.
Ships are rated from 1 to 100. On April 23, 2017 the Carnival, Legend scored an 83, with 44 violations, which is an unsatisfactory score but the good news is that back in 2006 it only scored a 71.
Other cruise lines have also suffered many violations and gotten unsatisfactory scores. SO it pays to do a little research before you choose your cruise.