Explora I Passes First USPH Inspection With Perfect Score

Jan 26, 2024

Explora I, the first in a series of new cruise ships built for MSC Group's luxury cruise brand Explora Journeys has passed its first United States Public Health inspection (USPH) with a perfect score. The inspection by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was conducted on January 25, 2024, during a call in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This accomplishment is a remarkable achievement for both the company and its crew, underscoring their dedication to follow the highest standards of public health.

This 64,000-gross-ton ship, with a capacity of 922 guests, is the first of six sister ships that will be operated by Explora Journeys.
Explora I is sailing a series of Caribbean voyages departing from San Juan, Miami, and Bridgetown. The ship passed the USPH Inspection during a 6-day voyage from San Juan to Bridgetown

To receive a perfect 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 items outlined in the U.S.P.H. Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. These unannounced inspections are conducted twice a year and are mandatory for any cruise ship with international itineraries that include U.S. port. Inspectors evaluate cruise ships in a wide variety of areas including proper food handling, preparation, storage protocols, and overall galley hygiene, as well as potable water supplies for spas and pools.