These Are the 7 Nastiest Cruise Ships

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspected over 200 active cruise ships and most of them received passing grades with at least an 86 on the agency's 100-point sanitation score. However, some of those got failing grades for various reasons, such as improperly-stored food and flies in food and beverage areas.

The least score was awarded to Japan Cruise Line's Pacific Venus ship with just 76 out of 100 points. Here is a list of six cruise ships in descending order that currently operate in the US market and received a failing grade during their most recent CDC inspection.

Ocean Dream Cruise Ship

Cruise line: Japan Grace

Date of most recent inspection: July 13, 2018

Inspection score: 85

Violations: Dirty coffee and ice machines; yogurt, cheese, and eggs stored at excessive temperatures; difficult-to-clean surfaces

Le Boreal

Cruise line: Compagnie Du Ponant

Date of most recent inspection: October 6, 2017

Inspection score: 84

Violations: Food stored at very high temperatures and in a dirty shopping cart, flies found in food and beverage areas, a dirty coffee machine, dirty and broken dishwashers, a dirty ice machine

Norwegian Breakaway

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Date of most recent inspection: March 10, 2019

Inspection score: 84

Violations: Improper washing procedures for some items used in beverage service; hot tubs with excessive pH levels; improperly-stored food, a dirty oven and grills; flies in food and beverage areas, dirty washing machines for glass, pots, and dishes

Silver Spirit

Cruise line: Silversea Cruises 

Date of most recent inspection: February 15, 2019 

Inspection score: 81 

Violations: Washing machine nozzles blocked by food debris; an empty soap dispenser in the garbage room; improper storage of ground salmon, beef, and trout; low water temperature in handwashing sinks; improper storage of beverage-serving equipment

Oceania Insignia 

Cruise line: Oceania Cruises 

Date of most recent inspection: December 17, 2018

Inspection score: 80 

Violations: A dirty sink in the garbage room, mosquitos and flies found in food areas, a broken sink in a restaurant, excessive pH levels in drinking water, excessive dust near beverage equipment and refrigerators

Cruise line: Un-Cruise Adventures 

Date of most recent inspection: September 9, 2018 

Inspection score: 79 

Violations: Milk and half-and-half stored at excessive temperatures; an absence of backflow-prevention devices for a coffee machine and glass-washing machine; failure to discard expired sour cream and salsa; dirty cups, bowls, and cutting boards; storing eggs and other food items in dirty containers; storing dishes, pots, and utensils in dirty ovens

Silver Wind

Cruise line: Silversea Cruises 

Date of most recent inspection: March, 18, 2018 

Inspection score: 79 

Violations: A broken soap dispenser near the pot-washing area, flies in food and beverage areas, dirty equipment in food and washing areas, food stored at improper temperatures, storing clean cups and pots near dirty ones

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