Many people in Miami may be looking forward to taking a cruise vacation in 2018, but these trips could potentially affect their health. According to a MarketWatch analysis, in 2017 a greater number of cruise ships did not pass health inspections than ever over the course of the past 10 years. This analysis was based on numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, two cruise ships did not pass health inspections. However, in 2017, there were 14 occurrences wherein a cruise ship did not pass a health inspection. In fact, one cruise ship did not pass a health inspection two different times. Moreover, merely 50 percent of the cruise ships that did not pass a health inspection were inspected a second time and passed that second inspection. In comparison, in 2007 and again in 2011 all ships inspected received a passing score.
Tropical cruises are a dream vacation for many people in Florida, allowing them an experience that is luxurious and relaxing as they sail the seas and visit exotic ports-of-call. However, a recent Royal Caribbean cruise went from holiday heaven to nightmare after 220 people on board were struck with a gastro-intestinal illness. The cruise was slated to be five nights long. The ship "Independence of the Seas" departed from Florida and over the course of a week, 220 of the over 5,500 passengers on board fell ill.