March 5, 2002
In an ongoing anti-climax to Sea Dream II’s recent refurbishment and re-launch, the 100-passenger ship, home-porting for the winter in St. Thomas, has flunked the Center for Disease Control’s Vessel Sanitation Inspection -- again. With egg-on-face, SeaDream II, which failed its first test last month with an 82 score due to incorrect food storage temperatures and unclean kitchen surfaces and which promised to hire experts to fix the problems, got an even lower mark the second time around. The 80 score, according to a CDC spokesman, reflected similar problems in the ship’s kitchen. A passing grade is 86. While a second flunked exam can empower the CDC to issue a “no sail,” which basically impounds the ship until the problems are solved, that is not the case with Sea Dream II. According to the CDC’s Dave Forney, “a no-sail was not considered. Immediate critical concerns were addressed and a statement of corrective action has been received. The vessel has requested an additional re-inspection, which we will do -- un-announced -- within the next 4 weeks.” Meanwhile, Holland America’s Noordam, which also flunked the test last month, has not yet been reinspected.