We've inspected the CDC Vessel Sanitation reports from the last few months, and an official Cruise Critic pat on the back is in order for cruise ships receiving perfect scores. Earning a 100 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notoriously thorough examination is quite an achievement. The list includes:
Royal Caribbean's Navigator Of The Seas
Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Mariner
On the other hand, Windjammer's Legacy earned a 72 in its most recent scoring -- its lowest tally since receiving a 61 in 1997. (Scores of 86 and above are regarded by the CDC as passing, and the ship was rewarded a highly respectable 95 just this past January.) Reasons for some of the deductions include:
A container of heavy whipping cream was found unlabeled in the day stores reach-in refrigeration unit where the in-place internal thermometer registered 52 degrees.
Daily temperature logs were not maintained.
Condensate was forming on the interior deckhead surface of the ice bin. This surface had a light mold growth and the condensate was observed dripping into the ice.
Numerous stored and previously cleaned pots and pans were found soiled with food matter.
The CDC, a United States agency that monitors a range of issues relating to public health, requires that all ships that dock in the U.S. undergo a surprise sanitation inspection. Typically, ships can expect to be examined twice a year.