Top 25 Cruise Lines CDC Inspection Reports
Section C: CDC
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sanitation Inspections - scores and violation reports. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspects passenger cruise ships sailing into U.S ports for compliance with U.S. health and sanitation regulations. Cruise ships are given points for their overall inspection compliance, with 100 being a perfect score. Ships scoring an 86 or lower fail the CDC inspection and are held in port until they comply with the most serious issues.
The elements that combine to create the score are relate to health and sanitation issues, food storage, preparation, handling, and service, the cleanliness of common area within the cruise ship including crew areas, and recreation areas, cleanliness of galleys, dining areas and public restrooms, pest control, the ships water and sewage processing and storage. Ships are inspected twice a year and may be boarded and inspected during an epidemic outbreak, in addition to those two semi-annual inspections.
Infractions found during the inspection are listed on the inspection report. As part of this area of our analysis, we look at the final inspection score and count the number of infractions listed on the report. Ideally, we like to see 13 or less infractions for a final CDC inspection score of 100. Though, there are some inspections with a final score of 100 which list as many as 40 or more violations. This is why we consider both the final score and the number of infractions when comparing all cruise lines in the study. A score of 100 alone is not a fair compliance comparison of one ship to another.
Below, we have three areas of comparison
(L Infra Avg S) - The cruise line infraction average for all their ships
(Score Avg) - The cruise line score average for all their cruise ships
(Insp Avg) - The cruise line inspection average for all their cruise ships
The cruise ships point average (Points
) - The CDC Infraction Counts and scores are averaged for each ship's inspections during the study. The points are then generated by starting with 100 points, adding the CDC inspection score average and subtracting the CDC Infraction Average.
Ships averages are totaled and averaged across the line. The result for a line is final averages for infractions, scores and points given during the study.
Ships Inspections are averaged
Ship Points = 100 + Score Average then subtracting the Infraction Average
Line = Total and average their ships infraction averages, score averages and points are averaged
Rank = Sorting Points high to low, infractions low to high and scores high to low.
This score is part of the Top 25 Cruise Lines Final Ranking