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Perfect scores for the cleanest ships afloat


When cruise ship passengers come down with a virus, it's always news, but there's not as much publicity for the good news—so here it is: In 2015, 32 ships earned perfect scores of 100 on their semi-annual inspections by the Centers for Disease Control.

Leader of the pack, so to speak, is Holland America's Eurodam, which has had a perfect score on its last 9 inspections. Holland America also got 100s for Veendam, Noordam, Statendam, Ryndam and Nieuw Amsterdam.

The inspections are unannounced and thorough; ships that fail are given warnings and must pass their next inspection or be banned from U.S. ports. A minimum score of 86 is required for passing.

Other ships with perfect scores for the year: 

  • Carnival's Fascination, Sunshine, Ecstasy, Triumph, Pride and Miracle
  • Celebrity's Infinity, Summit, Equinox, Millenium
  • Disney Dream, Fantasy
  • Norwegian Breakaway, Getaway, Sky
  • Princess: Golden, Ruby, Regal, Island
  • Royal Caribbean's Brilliance, Serenade, Enchantment
  • Seven Seas Navigator
  • SeaDream I

Several ships failed and then passed on their next inspection, including Silver Shadow and Grand Celebration. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas failed an October inspection and hasn't been re-inspected yet; re-inspectdion after failure usually comes in 30-45 days.

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My mother-in-law used to tell us that restaurants that were too clean lacked flavor...

Rob, there were a number of comments on the CruiseCritic site about what was included or not; depends on the cut-off date you use, apparently.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

PHeymont -- it is true that if you eat off the floor, having a place that's too clean will stifle the flavors.  But if you are looking at reducing food-borne disease, there's nothing like a clean restaurant.  And when you're at sea and confined with thousands of others, keeping illness as low as possible is critical to everyone having a good time.

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