A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspection onboard Cunard’s luxe Queen Mary 2 gave the ship a failing sanitary score. The inspection report, which mentions the discovery of cockroaches in a food storage bin, dirt and corrosion found on the deck of one of the ship’s splash pools, and chemicals found stored next to napkins and other paper products, was released on June 10. The final score from the report was 84 – an 85 or lower is deemed “unsatisfactory.” The Queen Mary 2 may be the only ship with a failed score thus far this year, but the list of ships that have failed inspection throughout the history of the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program is long. 64 ships have failed inspection since 1993, with V. Ships Liesure’s Albatross the last ship to fail inspection, scoring 69 in Februrary 2010. Jackie Chase, a spokeswoman from Cunard, said she was confident the failings would not happen again. In a statement she said, “The poor assessment on June 10 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.” So, Cruise News readers – will this deter you from sailing Cunard’s grande dame anytime soon?
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 cruise ship / Photo courtesy of the cruise line