FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Jan 7 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Conducting a surprise Christmas Eve inspection in St. Thomas, V.I., U.S. Public Health (USPH) officials had nothing but praise for MSC Lirica, which received a perfect score of 100 following the rigorous examination.
The inspection team of the Vessel Sanitation Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the award of 100 points was by no means a Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬ÂChristmas Gift.Ã¢â‚¬Â They said the exceptional score was awarded because of 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. 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.
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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are extremely proud of our consistently top-rated scores from the USPH inspectors. Our guests often tell us that we have the best entertainment and the cleanest ships afloat,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Such accolades are the results of a dedicated effort to provide our guests with the safest, cleanest and most enjoyable holiday.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For more information about MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.