The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a very disturbing report on the conditions present on one cruise line ship. In accordance with the vessel sanitation program (VSP), on June 17, 2013, inspectors for the CDC boarded the Silver Shadow, one of the ships belonging to Silversea Cruises. Despite trying to hide evidence of poor health practices, the CDC inspectors were able to document extensive violations and the ship received a failing score of 82. Anything under a score of 85 in considered unsatisfactory.
Silversea Cruises is considered one of the most luxurious cruise lines in the industry and the onboard practices of at least one of its ships are jeopardizing the health and wellbeing of the passengers. Not only do passengers risk serious illness from these unsanitary practices, but the weakness and disorientation of sickness can lead to even more traumatic injury. If you or a loved one has become seriously ill, or experienced any other type of severe harm, while vacationing on a cruise ship, then the Miami cruise ship injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are prepared to offer the help that you need. Holding cruise ships accountable for their dangerous practices is the only way to affect industry-wide change and you deserve compensation for your injuries.
The subject of the July report was a surprise inspection and that much was evident from the reaction of the cruise employees, who tried to remove or hide more than 15 food trolleys full of food and cooking equipment and hide the items in ten cabins shared by galley crew members.
The inspection was triggered by an anonymous cruise employee who snapped a picture of food carts being stored or hidden in the cabins of crew members, in non-refrigerated and unsanitary conditions. The food that the crew attempted to conceal from the VSP inspectors included cooked foods, milk, raw meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables, many varieties of cheese, baked goods, dry goods, canned goods, and dries spices. In addition to trying to move the food stuff out of the line of sight, crew members tried to hide cooking equipment.
As part of the discovery of the violations, the VSP inspectors oversaw the disposal of all of the non-canned foodstuffs and then poured a chlorine concentrate over the food so that it could not be used after the inspectors left the ship. Part of the inspection reported was an admonition to Silversea Cruises to cease the use of living and sleeping quarters for food preparation.
Additional violations included improperly propping open the food pantry in the pool grill area, allowing insect intrusion into the space, errors in the process of cooling foods, dust and mildew on refrigerator condensers, and inaccurate reporting logs tracking acute gastroenteritis cases on board the ship.
On July 17, 2013, Silversea issued an apology of sorts on its facebook page about the failing inspection grade and stated that it had taken immediate action to address the many violations.
Violations are rampant on many cruise ships – this is just one incident where a whistle blower was able to trigger an inspection and catch a ship “red-handed.” Many more people are going to have to step up to report dangerous situations before innocent people get hurt.
If you have fallen seriously ill while on a cruise, or immediately afterward, or have been harmed in any other way, the Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will work with you to get the compensation that you deserve to restore your quality of life. Litigating a case against a cruise line can be very complex. Time is of the essence because the law limits how much time a victim has to file his or her case. In addition, evidence may be harder to find if there are any delays.
Our attorneys are ready to sit down with you now during a free consultation to discuss your case and outline your legal options. We have a decades-long successful history of litigation against cruise ships and cruise lines in Miami and throughout South Florida. Please contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to set up your free consultation.