Ships calling on Cayman have failed heath inspections

| 27/01/2018 | 24 Comments

(CNS): In 2017 a record number of cruise ships failed health and safety inspections, including ships that make regular calls in Grand Cayman. The data was collected by the US Centers for Disease Control, which was then analysed by financial marketing and media firm MarketWatch, which concluded that the cruise industry needs to clean up its ships. Over the twelve months, 14 ships failed to reach the pass grade of at least 86 points out of 100, compared to just two in 2016.

The violations behind the failing grades range from minor incidents, such as improper storage of cleaning equipment, to catering crews working while suffering from gastrointestinal illness.

Carnival Cruise Lines operated five of the ships that received failing grades in November and December last year, and a sixth ship in the Carnival fleet is also said to have failed an inspection this month. The health and safety infractions included fruit flies around the buffet, problems with cleaning solutions and storing clean coffee carafes next to soiled items. Since the failed inspections, three of the ships were re-inspected and passed.

But MarketWatch analysed the reports and found that even ships that pass the inspection may still receive citations. One ship that received a 100% score was cited for storing boxes of fruit juice near raw egg shells and for one crew member working while showing symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Incidents of illness outbreaks aboard cruise ships are not necessarily correlated with failed grades on inspections, as a ship’s crew isn’t always to blame for the spread of an illness among people on board. The CDC reported eleven outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses aboard cruise ships last year, but only two of those incidents occurred on ships that had received failing grades at some point in the year.

The programme only has jurisdiction over ships that make port in the US and the failed health inspections come as the number of cruisers reaches record highs. Over 27 million passengers are expected to travel on cruise ships this year, according to industry data.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for the dock

  2. Fred the Piemaker says:

    Be interesting to compare the results to all the health and safety inspections of our restaurants – oh, wait….

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    • Anonymous says:

      Be interesting if you got a life.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Spot on Fred…there are a few establishments here that do great food (lower end of market) but when the menus tables and chairs are always sticky, you got to wonder how often they clean…I stopped going to those places.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    If they would stop dumping garbage overboard that would be a good start.

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  4. Mr. D says:

    Please Cayman do not forget who we are. Love thy neighbor as thy self. be your brothers keeper.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Cruise ships have frequently been described as floating petri dishes.

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  6. Bryce 101 says:

    Well the last few dollars those ship brought here had no symptoms or linness of any kind. I only saw happiness on people’s faces coming ashore and a willingness to enjoy the island while spending healthy money. The ” illness” was offshore and about 500 feet away. So don’t worry be happy.

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  7. Tur Alors! says:

    Carnival – you get what you pay for.

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  8. West bay Premier says:

    I believe that if the CDC had Health Inspectors on board of these ships , and did their inspection while the ships are in operation, they will find a lot more health violations. Doing those inspections in Port the crew has time to clean up and get ready for the inspection that’s why they only find so few violations.

    It’s good to know that the CDC is keeping a leash on them . But I wonder if the C.I Government would have known anything about the CDC Health Inspection Report , if CNS didn’t publish the findings of the Report . Probably still don’t know.

    Thanks CNS you have opened up a good can of worms for the People’s Health of Cayman Islands, and I hope that the Health Department of the C.I read the above article and see what they have to do from here on with these cruise ships .

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh please…if you want to stop people with viruses and sickness coming here, then just shut the airport and the port and be done with it. Those that are really sick will generally stay on the ship or not get on the plane and your “concern” is not even worth noting. The tourist dollar is too powerful. I increasingly wonder if you understand anything at all.

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      • West bay Premier says:

        Anonymous 7 :43 am , I am referring to the subject article with my comment . I am not talking about any action on the cruise ship . Do you know that cruise ships are a 100 times more likely to be a decease maker and carrier than an Airplane ? So your comment is not worth the paper it’s written on .

  9. Anonymous says:

    If anything, this should serve as further evidence of how little the liners care about their obligations and commitments.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, lets spend 180m on a dock for these deathtraps. Great idea!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    As long as 1/200 people buys an expensive watch when they come ashore CIG does not care

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    • Anonymous says:

      Correct! Thank you! That “watch” represents everything = money, money, money, money… $ $ $ $

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      • Anonymous says:

        At least the current Minister in charge of these things can be objective and the market for the purchase of expensive watches and does not have any conflict of any type on the subject.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Whats new, cheap labour, work them 60 – 80 hrs. per week, rotate them every 6 months, dump garbage overboard early in the morning and insist they need a dock in every port so they can monopolize all shore excursions. Think it’s gossip next time on a cruise talk to the ordinary seamen not the officers and hear what they have to say while they look around to make sure they are not being heard.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Yeah and alden wants to bring a 100 more of these nasty asses in every day.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    The world is now all about money, not about lives of people.

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