In some disturbing cruise news to pleasure-loving cruise ship travelers, Carnival Cruise liner’s Carnival Fantasy failed sanitation tests and yielded the lowest sanitation score in 30 years history of the Carnival ship.

The inspection was carried out by the United States Public Health on July 17. Score 77 indicates that the ship failed in keeping sanitation and hygiene standards.

During the inspection, the team found “brown water” running from the showers in the ship’s medical facility. The cause of the water’s color change was left for Carnival to investigate.

Other omissions included the potable water’s disinfection process and improper chlorine levels found in recreational water facilities on the cruise ship.

Flies on food

The team found “at least 15 flies” on bagels and bread in the Lido salad bar.

The dismal sanitation report on Carnival Fantasy also noted that serving stations lacked sneeze guards and improper cleaning was apparent. Soiled containers, trays, cups, slicers, and silverware were noticed by the team.

The report faulted carnival staff for negligence and hiking “severe foodborne illness and death” of guests who join them under various cruise deals.

Sanitation violations were noticed at the ship’s main swimming pool as well. A “visible film on top of the water” at the main pool and excessive debris floating in the water were also detected.

Failure in displaying child safety signs

One more glaring omission was a lack of mandatory signboards to ensure child safety (below 16 years of age) and minors were seen straying into the whirlpool without any impunity with no mechanism found to monitor such risks.

The report also said a crew member infected with contagious acute gastroenteritis (AGE) was allowed on duty from morning 5:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. without the knowledge of the ship’s infirmary.

The medical staff failed to record or question crew members who came into contact with crew members suffering from AGE

However, Carnival cruise claimed it has rectified all sanitation shortcomings. But the CDC website indicates Carnival is yet to submit “Corrective Action Report” although it is more than three weeks since the inspection took place.

Lawsuit for causing death

Meanwhile, one cruise news said Carnival cruise has been sued by the family of a 65-year-old passenger who died on board after he was not allowed off the ship to get medical treatment for a heart attack.  Carnival cruise ship Passengers return to the Carnival cruise ship Victory prior to leaving port in Key West, Florida on Feb. 15, 2013. Photo: Getty Images

Jeffrey Eisenman’s family sued Carnival Sunshine and its crew for infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The lawsuit said the ship’s doctor diagnosed that Eisenman suffered a “major heart attack” while the ship was at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Dec. 3, 2018. His death happened on the very next day.

“Jeffrey Eisenman died onboard while confined to the medical center of the Carnival Sunshine against his will,” the lawsuit stated.

The doctor advised the patient to be flown to Miami. But he was denied permission to leave the ship which then set sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The lawsuit said the family had an insurance policy that would have covered the cost of an air ambulance and the ship lacked adequate medical facilities.

Among the Carnival ships that failed previous USPH sanitation inspections include Carnival Liberty, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Vista.  

Carnival Cruise is known for providing affordable “fun ships” for the masses.