industry had fewer ships in 2014 that received "not satisfactory” grades
after inspection by the U.S Centers for Disease Control, but also fewer that
scored a perfect 100.
Twelve vessels failed to grade out at 85, the minimum score needed to
achieve a satisfactory rating, during inspections conducted in 2014.
smaller, older ships carrying less than 1,000 passengers. Only one of the
ships, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star, carried more than 2,000 passengers. The Star received an unsatisfactory grade on Feb. 16, then received a 95 on its next inspection on April 25.
Celebration, operated from West Palm Beach by Celebration Cruise Line, was the
only ship to receive an unsatisfactory grade twice in 2014. It also did once in 2013. It was recently
replaced by Grand Celebration, operated by a reorganized company, Bahamas
Paradise Cruise Line.
Adventures, an operator of smaller ships along the U.S. West coast, had two
ships receive unsatisfactory grades in 2014, the Safari Endeavor and Safari
Quest. The 86-passenger Safari Endeavor also did once in 2013.
newly launched Pearl Mist operated by Pearl Seas Cruises was graded 61 in an
inspection on July 15. Pearl Seas is a new cruise line that hadn’t
operated ocean cruise ships before.
score of 31 was given to Schooner Zodiac, a 26-passenger two-masted tall ship
sailing out of Belllingham, Wash.
Following their unsatisfactory grades, the Bahamas
Celebration received a 90 on Sept. 3, the Safari Endeavor
a 93 on Sept. 7, and the Safari Quest
an 87 on July 18. The Pearl Mist
submitted a nine-page corrective-action report but has not been reinspected. The Schooner Zodiac
has not submitted a corrective-action report and has not been reinspected.
26 ships received perfect scores, down from 39 in 2013. Carnival Cruise Lines
had eight ships that got perfect 100s, and Royal Caribbean International had
six. Other lines with ships getting perfect scores were Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise
17 ships received unsatisfactory scores below 85, according to CDC records.