Miami, Fla. –
The Centers for Disease Control has given the Carnival ship ‘Fascination’ an 84 for sanitation in a recent surprise inspection. Anything less than 86 is considered a failure according to the CDC and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Carnival Cruises is based in Miami and has had several recent high profile mishaps on different ships that generated large publicity which has resulted in massive cancellations and low bookings for new cruises.
During this inspection by the CDC done in February, Carnival was cited for flies on open uncovered hamburger patties, not enough chlorine in the ships water park, no sneeze guards on salad bars and dried food waste discovered under several counters in multiple locations.
Additionally, “roach nymphs” were discovered in the juice dispenser area, along with other violations.
For Carnival’s part, they released a statement by spokesperson Vance Gulliksen who said they have taken corrective actions and that all issues will be resolved within 24 hours and have requested a re-inspection as soon as possible.
STEEP DISCOUNTS OFFERED TO GET PASSENGERS BACK
In response to falling reservations, Carnival is offering cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral with stops in Nassau for as little as $38 bucks a night.
You can also get a four-night cruise aboard the Imagination that leaves’ Miami on April 22 for just $149 bucks.
We talked to Norwegian Cruise Lines who said that they have not had a drop in bookings and that they are near capacity on most ships throughout the summer.
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