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Royal Caribbean ship fails health inspection

Fruit flies in kitchen and buffet areas? Dirty plates mixed in with clean ones in buffet lines?

It’s just the tip of the iceberg in a long list of sanitary problems that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspectors discovered last month on Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas.

In what is a rare occurrence for modern day cruise ships, the health agency failed the 2,390-passenger vessel during the surprise inspection, which took place at Port Canaveral, Fla.

As part of its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC conducts unannounced inspections of passenger ships docking in U.S. ports twice a year and grades them on a 100-point scale. A score below 86 is considered failing. The CDC gave the Monarch of the Seas a score of 85.

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The CDC report on the inspection cites dozens of violations including multiple instances of dirty or poorly maintained food preparation and serving areas.

In a statement sent to USA TODAY, Royal Caribbean noted the failing grade was unusual both for the ship and the line.

“We are extremely disappointed to learn that Monarch of the Seas only received a score of 85 during its last inspection,” the statement says. “Over the last four years, Monarch of the Seas has not scored lower than 95 on any of her most recent eight inspections. Additionally, our recent fleet average score is over 97.”

Royal Caribbean says it is working closely with health officials to correct the deficiencies found aboard the ship.

“We are confident that Monarch of the Seas will receive a passing score when the ship is re-inspected, which we expect will take place within the next few weeks,” the line says.

Only one other ship from a major line, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, has failed a CDC inspection over the past three years, according to a search of CDC records. Over the same period dozens of ships have scored a perfect 100 during inspections.

Built in 1991, the 20-year-old Monarch of the Seas is the oldest of Royal Caribbean’s 22 ships.

The Monarch of the Seas’ failing grade was first reported Tuesday by

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