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Cruise Ship Failed Its Health Inspection With 44 Violations



Amidst the increased scrutiny due to the coronavirus, the Princess Cruise Line ship Regal Princess has become the first vessel in 2020 to fail a health inspection.

The inspection took place on Feb. 5, according to Inspectors say the Regal Princess had 44 violations and scored just 77 out of 100 possible points. Any score below 86 is considered failing. The Carnival Fantasy received a score of 77 last year.

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Ships must undergo two unannounced inspections per year by a team from the United States Public Health Department’s Vessel Sanitation Program. The inspectors spend eight hours combing the ship.

Among the violations on the Regal Princess were:

– Two fruit flies were noticed in the Horizon Court buffet

– The glass-washing machine was out of service at the time of the inspection

– At the International Cafe, “the power cables under the right espresso machine were soiled with more than a day’s accumulation of debris

– A food employee was observed with fingernails extending approximately 10mm from the ends of his fingers. Dark debris was observed on the underside of several fingernails

– A child in a diaper was observed in the swimming pool. This facility was not designed for children in diapers. The child was removed from the facility

The Regal Princess can hold more than 3,500 passengers. Like any other ship, it must submit an action plan showing that the violations were corrected. Another unannounced inspection will then take place.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend



Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

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