Carnival Triumph Passes CDC Re-Inspection After November Failure

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The Carnival Triumph has passed a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) re-inspection after failing an earlier inspection in November, a Carnival Cruise Line representative tells Travel Agent.

This week the CDC published its report on the November U.S. Public Health inspection, in which the ship received a score of 78 out of a possible 100 points. This past Saturday, the ship was re-inspected and received a score of 98 out of 100, the Carnival representative said, although it may take some time for this past weekend’s score to be published.

The CDC’s report from November listed a number of violations, including the necessity for maintenance of corroded backflow devices in ice machines, the Paris Wine Cellar galley and the Blue Iguana bar. The report also listed violations regarding food safety training on the part of the food service crew, as well as issues maintaining proper temperature in the ship’s dairy cooler. The full report is available here.

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“Following Carnival Cruise Line’s established policies and procedures, corrective action was taken immediately and a corrective-action report has been provided to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which administers the Vessel Sanitation Program,” Carnival said in a statement provided to Travel Agent. “Carnival requested re-inspection as soon as possible which occurred on January 6 with the ship receiving a passing 98 out of 100.”

“The health and well-being of our guests and crew is Carnival Cruise Line’s highest priority, and on the extremely rare occasion one of our ships has an unsatisfactory score, we initiate immediate and aggressive corrective action and closely examine the factors involved to ensure full understanding among all team members,” Carnival said.

The inspections are part of the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP), which assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses, such as norovirus.

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