These are the 8 nastiest cruise ships

Ludi1572/ShutterstockJapan Cruise Line’s Pacific Venus ship.
  • Most of the more than 200 active cruise ships the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has inspected received passing grades: at least an 86 on the agency’s 100-point sanitation score.
  • But a handful earned failing grades for a variety of reasons, including improperly stored food and the presence of flies in food-and-beverage areas.
  • Japan Cruise Line’s Pacific Venus ship received the lowest score, with 76 points out of 100.
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Most cruise ships are pretty clean, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which inspects ships to make sure they maintain proper sanitation.

Most of the more than 200 active cruise ships the CDC has inspected received passing grades: at least an 86 on a 100-point sanitation score. But a handful earned failing grades for a variety of reasons, including improperly stored food and the presence of flies in food-and-beverage areas.

These are the eight cruise ships that currently operate in the US market and received a failing grade during their most recent CDC inspection, ranked in descending order of the inspection score.


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8. Ocean Dream

Cruise line: Japan Grace

Date of most recent inspection: July 13, 2018

Inspection score: 85

Violations: Dirty coffee and ice machines; yogurt, cheese, and eggs stored at excessive temperatures; difficult-to-clean surfaces.

Japan Grace did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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T6. Le Boreal

Arterra/UIG via Getty ImagesCompagnie Du Ponant’s Le Boreal.

Cruise line: Compagnie Du Ponant

Date of most recent inspection: October 6, 2017

Inspection score: 84

Violations: Food stored at excessive temperatures and in a dirty shopping cart; dirty and broken dishwashers; a dirty coffee machine; a dirty ice machine; flies found in food-and-beverage areas.

Compagnie Du Ponant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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T6. Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway.

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Date of most recent inspection: March 10, 2019

Inspection score: 84

Violations: Hot tubs with excessive pH levels; improper washing procedures for some items used in beverage service; improperly stored food; a dirty oven and grills; dirty washing machines for glass, pots, and dishes; flies in food-and-beverage areas.

Norwegian Cruise Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


5. Silver Spirit

Silversea CruisesSilversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit.

Cruise line: Silversea Cruises

Date of most recent inspection: February 15, 2019

Inspection score: 81

Violations: An empty soap dispenser in the garbage room; washing-machine nozzles blocked by food debris; improper storage of ground beef, salmon, and trout; improper storage of beverage-serving equipment; low water temperature in handwashing sinks.

“Both Silver Spirit and Silver Wind have since been re-inspected and received passing scores,” a Silversea Cruises representative said. The new inspections do not appear in the CDC’s public database.


4. Oceania Insignia

Gary Hershorn/Getty ImagesOceania Cruises’ Oceania Insignia.

Cruise line: Oceania Cruises

Date of most recent inspection: December 17, 2018

Inspection score: 80

Violations: Mosquitos and flies found in food areas; a dirty sink in the garbage room; a broken sink in a restaurant; excessive dust near beverage equipment and refrigerators; excessive pH levels in drinking water.

An Oceania Cruises representative said the issues found during the inspection were fixed within 24 hours.


T2. Safari Endeavour

Un-Cruise AdventuresUn-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour.

Cruise line: Un-Cruise Adventures

Date of most recent inspection: September 9, 2018

Inspection score: 79

Violations: An absence of backflow-prevention devices for a coffee machine and a glass-washing machine; milk and half-and-half stored at excessive temperatures; failure to discard expired sour cream and salsa; storing eggs and other food items in dirty containers; dirty cups, bowls, and cutting boards; storing dishes, pots, and utensils in dirty ovens.

Un-Cruise Adventures did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


T2. Silver Wind

SilverSea CruisesSilversea Cruises’ Silver Wind.

Cruise line: Silversea Cruises

Date of most recent inspection: March 18, 2018

Inspection score: 79

Violations: Flies in food-and-beverage areas; a broken soap dispenser near the pot-washing area; dirty equipment in washing and food areas; storing clean cups and pots near dirty ones; food stored at improper temperatures.

“Both Silver Spirit and Silver Wind have since been re-inspected and received passing scores,” a Silversea representative said. The new inspections do not appear in the CDC’s public database.


1. Pacific Venus

Ludi1572/ShutterstockJapan Cruise Line’s Pacific Venus.

Cruise line: Japan Cruise Line

Date of most recent inspection: February 13, 2017

Inspection score: 76

Violations: Dirty and corroded backflow preventers in food-service areas; a lack of backflow preventers in some food-and-beverage areas; a lack of filtration systems in hot tubs; improperly stored beef; storing food and food equipment in an office; a broken dishwasher; storing clean food-service items with dirty ones; dirty cleaning equipment; dirty sneeze shields near buffets.

Japan Cruise Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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