CDC Scores: Cheers and Jeers

August 4, 2006

When it comes to sanitation, some ships are the cream of the crop ... and others just leave the cream sitting out.

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

Carnival Miracle

Tahitian Princess

Norwegian Sun

Celebrity Millennium

Celebrity Century


Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Mariner

On the other hand, <a
href="../reviews/cruiseline.cfm?CruiseLineID=41" class="plain">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.