The cruise industry has been hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) - Get Report has canceled or redeployed at least 40 cruises, mostly in Asia. The company says they have implemented additional cleaning and disinfection protocols on board all voyages, in addition to “already rigorous sanitization standards in place.
Princess Cruises, which owns the Diamond Princess, says it is taking the ship to a special service dock, where it will receive a rigorous Level 3 cleaning and disinfection, like hospital operating rooms get, to fully sanitize staterooms and public areas. Princess is owned by Carnival Corp (CCL) - Get Report. Carnival's other lines and competitor Royal Caribbean (RCL) - Get Report also have been hit hard.
The Centers for Disease Control regularly inspects the hundreds of cruise ships that enter U.S. ports, as part of its Vessel Sanitation Program. During this inspection, a number of different things are looked at.
Checking the ventilation and potable water systems, looking for proper food preparation and storage, and inspecting the sanitation of common areas, dining rooms, swimming pools, and medical facilities are all tasks that CDC undertakes when a ship enters and American port.
The cruise ships are scored on a 100-point scale; points are deducted from the score when there is a pattern of similar violations or when there is a single, significant violation. A score of 85 or below is considered unsatisfactory.
Here are 5 ships that received scores of 100 from the CDC:
Celebrity Reflection-Celebrity Cruises, Inspected on 12/9/19, Score: 100
Koningsdam-Holland America Line, Inspected on 12/4/19, Score: 100
Norwegian Sky-Norwegian Cruise Lines, Inspected on 12/2/19, Score: 100
Disney Dream-Disney Cruise Lines, Inspected on 11/29/19, Score: 100
Viking Sea-Viking Ocean Cruises, Inspected on 10/23/19, Score: 100
Read the CDC's full list of findings here.
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