Second Cruise Ship Fails CDC Inspection

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Just one month after Holland America’s Veendam failed a CDC inspection, a Blount Small Ship Adventures ship has followed in its footsteps. The 100-passenger Grand Mariner scored a 75 out of 100 on its inspection September 18.

The CDC reported over 30 health violations on the ship that led to the failing score. Among the issues were the ship’s failure to adequately monitor food temperatures, moldy ice cube trays, and the storage of raw meat with nonmeat items. There was a heavy layer of mold on an ice cube tray’s plastic shield and pink mold on its water supply manifold.

CDC inspectors also reported that ship authorities allowed food ingredient containers, including baking soda, to be left out in the open without lids and were stored in temperatures that exceeded what is considered adequate for preservation, “far exceeding the specified cold holding temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit” at 55 degrees. Furthermore, equipment used in the preparation of food, such as mixers, slicers and food processors, had debris on them, meaning they were not properly washed.

In a statement, Blount Small Ship Adventures, which offers cruise vacations across the United States and Canada, claimed the errors were corrected and that the company is committed to maintaining the safety and health of those onboard.

“The Grande Mariner recently received a score of 75 on its last VSP inspection which is below an acceptable level to both the program and our company standards. The majority of the deficiencies found were corrected during the ship inspection process. The crew has been reeducated on items related to procedural issues and proper procedures will be followed going forward. Items related to the construction of the vessel will be addressed in upcoming shipyard periods. Blount Small Ship Adventures makes every effort to keep its ships in top sanitary condition at all times and generally meets the guidelines established in the Vessel Sanitation Program,” said ship officials in a statement.

The CDC reports that it is actually much more common for ships to receive scores closer to 100 than to fail a health inspection. This isn’t the first time the Grand Mariner scores poorly, however. A previous CDC inspection on February 24, 2011 resulted in a score of 86, the minimum score required to pass. Operating at the bare minimum standard is unacceptable for any cruise line because it may lead to accidents onboard the ship. If a ship doesn’t uphold the highest safety standards in the kitchen, who is to say the rest of the ship won’t fail other inspections, including technical ones. Cruise ships are responsible for the well-being of their passengers – and crew – and when they fail to keep them safe, they may be held liable for any accidents that might ensue from their negligence.

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