Superior USPH Ratings MSC Cruises’ Ships

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (MARCH 9, 2007) – MSC Cruises has continued its outstanding record of consistent high ratings from the U.S. Public Health (USPH), as MSC Lirica received a “Superior” score in its most recent inspection.

MSC Lirica earned a score of 98 out of a possible 100 on its March 8 USPH inspection in San Juan. This comes less than a month after MSC Opera received a score of 99 out of 100.

Both ships have consistently earned “Superior” scores on USPH inspections since arriving in North American waters.
“Our consistent record of excellence reflects the line’s commitment to providing guests the safest, healthiest and most secure vacation experience on land or sea,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA).

As part of the voluntary inspection program, the CDC reviews the levels of sanitation on all passenger cruise ships arriving at U.S. ports. Ships are rated on whether the following items meet CDC standards: water, food preparation and holding, potential contamination of food, and general cleanliness, storage and repair. A score of 86 or higher is considered “Satisfactory.”
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