Undercover Report Finds Air Quality On Cruise Ships Comparable To World's Most Polluted Cities

January 25, 2019 - 12:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The food may be great on a cruise ship, but how's the air? 

A new undercover report says emissions from ship engines may be harmful to your health because of metals and harmful particles that can contain carcinogens.

The report is from Dr. Ryan David Kennedy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University.

Kennedy said of the four Carnival Corp. cruise ships studied over a two-year period, concentrations of particulate matter measured were "comparable to concentrations measured in polluted cities, including Beijing and Santiago," CNN reported.

Without the company or ship staff knowing, Kennedy took measurements using a P-TRAK Ultrafine Particle Counter when the ships were docked as well as when moving at sea, CNN reported and found highest matter behind the smokestack at the back of the ship. 

The report is particularly concerning because of the massive number of people who take cruises each year, Kennedy said.