Following Carnival Corp’s agreement to pay a $20 mill US federal penalty due to its ships’ continued bad pollution record, despite a prior criminal conviction, last month, Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Carnival Fantasy’ failed a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) inspection.
The cruise ship was given poor marks for filmy pool water, brown water emanating from shower hoses in medical areas, dirty tableware mixed with clean, plus bagels and bread allegedly having flies on them.
This inspection proved to be the worst in the cruise liner’s history. ‘Carnival Fantasy’ received 77 out of 100 points, below the 85 score needed to pass under rules the CDC and below than the ship’s previous low of 78 given in 1990.
Two other Carnival ships passed inspection last month under the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Programme. ‘Carnival Inspiration’ scored a 97 and ‘Carnival Imagination’ 94. The CDC is an agency within the United States Public Health Service, or USPH.
Under the CDC rules, cruise ships are subject to two unannounced inspections per year, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s ‘Majesty of the Seas’ also failed an inspection the same month, scoring only 82, according to the CDC.
In a related story, Carnival Cruise Line’s parent Carnival Corp, announced this month that Chris Donald had been promoted to senior vice president of corporate environmental compliance.
Donald will continue to serve as the company’s corporate compliance manager, reporting directly to Peter Anderson, Carnival Corp’s newly appointed chief ethics and compliance officer.
In his new role, Donald will continue leading Carnival Corp’s ongoing corporate environmental compliance efforts. His scope includes the expansion of strategic programmes to continuously improve environmental training, operations and reporting across the company’s nine global cruise line brands, and overseeing the company-wide commitment to environmental compliance, excellence and leadership.