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The World’s Biggest And Most Expensive Cruise Ship Is ‘Filthy’

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on July 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. The world’s largest cruise liner, the Queen Mary 2, has been labeled “filthy” by the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Vessel Sanitation Program. According to the Daily Mail, American inspectors made a surprise visit on June 10 to the famous cruise ship while it was docked in New York. Throughout their report, they branded the ship as filthy five times.

They cited “extremely dirty” water and floor tiling in the splash pool, a hair found in the ice machine, and live adult cockroaches and fruit flies in a storage locker as some of the reasons. In addition, they discovered that staff was storing chemicals near napkins, paper cups, and utensils, as well as dirty surfaces that should have been wiped clean.

Inside the Queen Mary 2. [Image: Averain/Flickr]

The inspectors scored the Queen Mary 2 an 84. A minimum of 86 is deemed satisfactory; 85 and below is unsatisfactory (un-ac-ceptable!). It sounds like an uncharacteristic slip for the cruise line. A Cunard Line spokesperson called the result “uncharacteristically low”, stating that the ship normally scores around 95 and has scored 100 three times.

In a statement released:

The poor assessment on 10 June resulted largely from one small area of the ship’s overall operation. All the issues raised in the report were immediately addressed and have now been corrected.

The Queen Mary 2, launched in 2004, is the biggest and most expensive cruise liner ever built. Surprise inspections for cleanliness are conducted twice per year. And with a report card like this, we think they might need to be done more often.

Tags: cleanliness, cruise ship, Cunard Lines, inspection, Queen Mary 2

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