It was the first time in the cruise ship’s 27 year history that it scored a perfect 100 during a surprise inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.cruise
Every cruise ship that sails to or from a U.S. cruise port is given a surprise inspection twice a year. During the inspections, all major areas of the cruise ship are inspected including medical facilities, portable water systems, swimming pools and hot tubs, galleys and dining rooms, child activity centers, hotel accommodations, ventilation systems, and common areas of the ship.
The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. VSP operates under the authority of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Section 264 Quarantine and Inspection Regulations to Control Communicable Diseases).
To receive a perfect 100, the ship must receive perfect marks on all 44 items on the USPH’s Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. A score of 85 or below is considered a failing score.
Majesty of the Seas failed its last health inspection on July 3 when the ship scored an 82.
While the cruise ship had never received a perfect score until last week, the ship has scored 95 or higher during 36 surprise inspections over the past two decades.
Majesty of the Seas is the fifth Royal Caribbean cruise ship to receive a perfect health score in 2019. In total, only nine cruise ships across all cruise lines have earned this mark this year.
Majesty of the Seas currently sails four and five night cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Port Everglades.