Two Carnival Cruise Lines ships – the 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty – each achieved perfect 100 scores during their most recent U.S.PH. inspections, which took place at the Port of Miami.
Including the Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty, five Carnival vessels have achieved 100 U.S.P.H. inspection scores over the past year. Other ships to earn perfect marks include Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream and Carnival Victory. Carnival Glory, which operates cruises to the Canadian Maritimes, also earned a 100 score on its Health Canada inspection.
To earn a 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 42 items that comprise the U.S. Public Health Service’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) checklist.
The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port, evaluate vessels in a wide variety of areas, including adherence to proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.