JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Carnival cruise ship based out of Jacksonville has failed its public health inspection. The Carnival Fascination got a score of 84 out of 100 on its February inspection. You have to get an 86 to meet USPH standards
Plagued by problems, Carnival's Fascination is just the latest cruise ship making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
"There has been a lot of things in the past couple months that have been kind of negative," said AAA's Bill Bishop.
Bishop tells Action News they've been fielding calls for weeks after multiple Carnival ships found themselves in troubled waters.
Fascination's CDC report cites a laundry list of violations -- 94 in all including:
-Four to six small files and a roach nymph around the deck drain below the room service juice dispenser.
-A large fly around the uncovered raw hamburger patties.
-Not enough chlorine at the water park.
-Exposed food not protected by the salad bar sneeze shield.
"You would think there would be bigger commotion with the public," Bishop said.
Despite technical difficulties, stranded passengers and failed inspections, Bishop says travel agents tell him the bookings on ships like the Fascination are on the rise.
"One [travel agent] in Orange Park this morning, she had booked five cruises this morning -- all of them on Carnival."
He says even those calling their office with concerns aren't backing out on scheduled trips. Most say the perks to an imperfect vacation are worth it.
"Mainly because of the way [Carnival's] handled it in the past. Normally they'll get a reduced trip, get all your money back and a reduced trip or free trip. People kind of like that."
Action News reached out to carnival -- here's what they tell us:
"Corrective action was taken immediately, with several issues being resolved during the inspection and all issues resolved within 24 hours of the inspection...Carnival has requested re-inspection as soon as possible."