TIPS: Cleanest cruise ships. Here’s how to find out cruise ship sanitation scores thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). The program assists you and the cruise ship industry in preventing and controlling
the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. It’s a great resource for you to use when planning your cruise to find the cleanest cruise ships.
The CDC helps you and the cruise ship industry by inspecting cruise ships with occasional and unannounced inspections. They also monitor gastrointestinal illnesses, investigate or respond to outbreaks, as well as assist in training cruise ship employees about public health practices.
The information includes cruise ships that have a foreign itinerary with U.S. ports.
On the CDC website you can also access much more information on these helpful topics:
- Cruise ship inspection results
- Healthy cruising tips
- Prevention fact sheets
- Noroviruses on cruise ships
- Outbreak updates and investigations
- Information about sanitation inspections and construction and renovation inspections
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Gastrointestinal Illness surveillance
Regarding specific cruise ship inspections and scores you’ll see:
- Inspection scores
- Cruise ships scoring 100
- Cruise ships scoring below 85 and above 86
- Cruise Line Directory
- Green Sheet Report
- About Inspections
Here’s the link for more information on the cleanest cruise ships to help plan your next cruise.
Photo: Holland America Koningsdam. Infographic: CDC