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The Coast Guard: Watching Past Offenders

This spring, cruise ships started going on probation.

If you break the law out here in the real world, and you're convicted, chances are you'll have a probation officer…at least.

Now, if you "break the law" out there in the cruise world, somebody will be Coast Guardwatching you.

The U.S. Coast Guard.

Unannounced ship inspections at American ports are not new. What's new is that ships with "a record" will be targeted. In surprise visits to 140 cruise ships in U.S. ports last year, the Coast Guard discovered 351 deficiencies…most of them relatively minor, but deficiencies nonetheless.

What the Coast Guard discovered is that a "population of cruise ships had most of the deficiencies." They become sub-standard ships in the eyes of the Coast Guard and, as such, subject to more frequent, surprise inspections.

Sounds like probation, doesn't it?

Today at portsandbows.com: After almost a week on the water, the Emerald Sky

Carnival Freedom
8 nights
July 5, 2014
Fort Lauderdale (return): St. MaartenSt. KittsSan JuanGrand Turk
Inside: $749
Cost per day: $93

'Glory' Good Name for This Ship

On the website and in advertising material, they are called the “Fun Ships.” Among people who like to cruise, they are called the “Party Ships.” Either way, they’re Carnival’s ships, and you might not expect perfection in the cleanliness department (we’ve all cleaned house after a late party).

Not that Carnival — the world’s largest cruise line — doesn’t take clean ships seriously, because all cruise lines do. It’s just that cleaning a party ship has to be more difficult than cleaning a ship where all the passengers are dressed to the nines and tucked in their staterooms before the moon comes up.

Take note of the Carnival Glory.

In consecutive ship inspections, one in the U.S. and one in Canada, the Glory was perfect. As you know, perfection means 100%. Not 99. Not 101. Just 100.

It was the ship’s 17th inspection in a U.S. port over the last eight years. Six have been perfect. It was the Glory’s first visit from Canadian inspectors, who have found Carnival ships perfect eight times in 23 inspections, and never with a score lower than 93.

If this is how they clean up a party ship, are they available for our next house party?

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