FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (March 17, 2008) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ MSC Cruises continues to set the highest standards for cruise ship excellence. For an extraordinary third time, the MSC Lirica has earned a perfect score in a surprise inspection by U.S. Public Health (USPH), a rare achievement, according to industry experts.
Conducting a surprise inspection Wednesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USPH officials awarded MSC Lirica a perfect score of 100 following a rigorous examination. This is the third perfect score for the MSC CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ vessel and the second in a row; the ship was awarded a score of 100 during a surprise Christmas Eve inspection in St. Thomas, V.I.
This exceptionally rare scoring performance reflects the outstanding state of sanitation, safe food handling, and the general high level of understanding and compliance in the areas of food, water, air and general hygiene onboard MSC Lirica.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our commitment to cleanliness and safety is a priority and we are honored that the USPH has acknowledged our achievements with this top-rated score once again,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA). Ã¢â‚¬Å“The USPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have very strict enforcement policies so to be recognized in this way is a credit to our own strict policy in passenger and crew safety and health.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The CDC officers conducted intense inspections of the food provisioning, storage and preparation areas, the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s laundry, bars, self-serve buffets, restaurants, warewashing machinery, room service operations, medical and childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s centers, as well as its Integrated Pest Management Program, waste management, housekeeping and public area cleanliness, recreational and potable water protection and supply system, air purity controls, and the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s general procedures to prevent or control illnesses such as Norovirus.
Over the years, MSC CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ships sailing in Caribbean waters have consistently earned Ã¢â‚¬Å“SuperiorÃ¢â‚¬Â scores on USPH inspections.
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