The 10 nastiest cruise ships that have sailed in the US

Hit1912/ShutterstockThe Nippon Maru cruise ship has received failing scores after sanitary inspections by the CDC.


The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspects cruise ships to see if they have sanitary issues that could put passengers at risk of getting sick.

The vast majority of ships receive passing grades of at least 86 out of 100 points, but a handful have failed for reasons like storing food at improper temperatures and not having sufficient procedures for handling drinking water. The 10 lowest-scoring inspections the CDC has ever conducted fall between 1995 and 2017, though six of them happened over 10 years ago.

These are the 10 lowest inspection scores the CDC has ever given a cruise ship.

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10. Amadea

Vytautas Kielaitis/ShutterstockThe Amadea cruise ship.

Cruise line: Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services

Date of inspection: November 11, 2012

Inspection score: 63

Violations: Inadequate food storage procedures, dirty kitchen equipment


T9. Hanseatic

ReutersThe Hanseatic cruise ship.

Cruise line: Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten

Date of inspection: August 8, 1998

Inspection score: 62

Violations: Improper food storage, storing clean and dirty kitchen equipment together, dirty kitchen equipment, cockroaches found in food-preparation areas


T9. Stad Amsterdam (2006)

Abby Brack/Associated PressThe Stad Amsterdam cruise ship.

Cruise line: Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Date of inspection: April 8, 2006

Inspection score: 62

Violations: Improper handling of potable water, lack of equipment and procedures needed to ensure quality of potable water, improper food storage


T7. Grande Caribe

Dan Logan/ShutterstockThe Grande Caribe cruise ship.

Cruise line: Blount Small Ship Adventures

Date of inspection: July 13, 1998

Inspection score: 61

Violations: A lack of backflow-prevention equipment between potable and non-potable water systems, improper food storage, storing dirty and clean food-preparation equipment together


T7. Kydon (December 2017)

Cruise line: Ferries Del Caribe

Date of inspection: December 27, 2017

Inspection score: 61

Violations: Improper food storage, broken kitchen equipment


T7. Pearl Mist

Maria Dryfhout/ShutterstockThe Pearl Mist cruise ship.

Cruise line: V. Ships Leisure USA

Date of inspection: July 15, 2014

Inspection score: 61

Violations: Improper food storage, a lack of sneeze guards in food-service areas, broken refrigerators


4. Kydon (July 2017)

YouTube/Ferries del CaribeThe Kydon cruise ship.

Cruise line: Ferries Del Caribe

Date of inspection: July 28, 2017

Inspection score: 58

Violations: Improper handling of potable water, improper food storage, storing dirty and clean dishes and kitchen equipment together


3. Stad Amsterdam (2007)

Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos/ReutersThe Stad Amsterdam cruise ship.

Cruise line: Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Date of inspection: March 29, 2007

Inspection score: 56

Violations: Improper food storage, storing clean and dirty food-preparation equipment together, dirty kitchen equipment


2. Nippon Maru (1995)

Hit1912/ShutterstockThe Nippon Maru cruise ship.

Cruise line: Mitsui OSK Passenger Line

Date of inspection: June 9, 1995

Inspection score: 48

Violations: Improper handling of potable water, improper food storage, a lack of sneeze guards in food-service areas


1. Nippon Maru (1998)

Ryushi/ShutterstockThe Nippon Maru cruise ship.

Cruise line: Mitsui OSK Passenger Line

Date of inspection: July 4, 1998

Inspection score: 36

Violations: Improper handling of potable water, improper food storage, handling food without gloves, dirty kitchen equipment

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