Carnival Freedom scored 100 during its most recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marking the ship’s eighth perfect score in its past 10 inspections. Carnival Freedom is the fifth Carnival Cruise Lines ship to earn a perfect U.S.P.H. inspection score this year.
To earn a 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 items that comprise the U.S.P.H.’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port, evaluate vessels in a wide variety of areas, including adherence to proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom sails year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.