Carnival Fascination fails health inspection

CDC inspectors found flies, dried food waste, roaches aboard ship

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Carnival Cruise Lines has found itself in troubled waters again after a failed health inspection for its ship that sails out of Jacksonville.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found flies, dried food waste and roaches aboard the Carnival Fascination.

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The CDC performs unannounced inspections on cruise ships twice a year. Ships are graded on a 100-point scale and anything below 86 is considered failing; the 'Fascination' scored an 84. The CDC reported that among the inspects, there was not enough chlorine at the ship's water park; the salad bar was not protected by sneeze guards; and there was not enough lighting for cleaning in several food-related areas.

The failed health inspection came 11 days after an engine room fire on Carnival's 'Triumph.' Carnival's 'Elation' also recently experienced malfunctions in its steering system and the 'Dream' lost power and was stranded in St. Maarten. Passengers aboard that cruise had to be flown back home. The 'Legend' also experienced issues on its last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise, when technical issues began affecting its sailing speed.

"In the past five years, no Carnival ship has failed a public health inspection and the fleet's average score during that time period is 97," a Carnival spokesman said.

Carnival said corrective action was taken immediately, with several issues being resolved during the inspection and all issues resolved within 24 hours of the inspection.

"The health and well-being of our guests and crew is Carnival Cruise Lines' highest priority, and on the extremely rare occasion when one of our ships has an unsatisfactory score, we initiate immediate and aggressive corrective action."

Carnival has requested another inspection.

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