Here in the US, we have pretty strict standards for cruise ships sailing in and out of US ports. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) conducts frequent examinations of ships that carry passengers and they’re not shy about sharing the scores with potential cruisers. This suits me just fine! In a world full of pervasive germs, bugs and viruses, I want to know that I’m sailing on the cleanest ships—and as a travel agent, I want to know my clients are, too.
So, read on, cruisers and potential cruisers. Let’s look at the cleanest of the clean—the ships that earned perfect scores in their 2014 inspections! Let’s begin with Carnival, because when we suggest Carnival to those who’ve not sailed her, we often meet resistance from those who have an unfortunate impression that these are wild, anything-goes, party ships, so cleanliness must not be up to snuff. Not so, skeptical cruisers. Carnival ships score well on their CDC inspections, and in the case of Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Magic, Carnival Slendor, Carnival Pride and Carnival Triumph—they score perfectly. Yes, scores of 100% for these ships!
Others earning perfect scores include Disney’s Dream and Disney Fantasy, Holland America’s Eurodam, Statendam and Westerdam, The Golden Princess and Island Princess, the Norwegian Jewel and Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas. Rounding out the perfect scores are Celebrity’s Infinity, Millennium, Reflection and Solstice.
To be completely fair, it’s important that we look at the other end of the clean spectrum. A score 86 or higher is considered a passing grade. Ships scoring below 86 are failing and have a couple of months to correct the problems or risk being denied access to US ports of call. In 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises each had a ship fail an inspection. The Norwegian Star scored an 82 and the Ocean Princess got an 81. Two months later, Norwegian Star was reinspected and earned a 95. Ocean Princess has not been re-inspected because the ship has not been back to a US port.
And lest you think the high-end ships and cruise lines are a guarantee of high scores for cleanliness, please guess again. Ships that failed initial 2014 inspections included Sea Dream’s SeaDream, with a dismal score of 83 and Silversea’s Silver Discoverer with a score of 75. Don’t know about you, but I would give that very expensive cruise a pass!
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