How Dirty Is Your Cruise Ship? The CDC Will Tell You

If you’re headed on a cruise this year or considering booking one, you most definitely want to check this resource. While cruises are undoubtedly a great way to travel, there are some downsides, like the fact that you’re traveling in a confined space and germs can spread much more rapidly. Between norovirus, a recent measles outbreak, and the risk of drinking contaminated water, you want to make sure you’re traveling on a cruise ship that has a clean bill of health … literally.

Thankfully the CDC has a resource for you: the Vessel Sanction Program. This cruise ship inspection search lets you search general cruise lines, cruise ships and see the health rating, or you can search for a specific cruise line or specific ship within a date range. Once you complete your search, you’ll see the filtered results as well as an inspection score (the CDC sets a score of 85 as the benchmark for being satisfactory or not satisfactory), inspection date, and a detailed report.

Cruise Ships/Cruise Lines With a Perfect Score

Brilliance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Cruises
Rhapsody of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Cruise Lines
Disney Wonder, Disney Cruise Lines
Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Cruise Line
Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises
Aurora, P&O Cruises
Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Lines
Noordam, Holland America Line
Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Lines
Amsterdam, Holland America Line
AIDAVITA, Aida Cruises
Emerald Princess, Princess Cruises

Cruise Ships/Cruise Lines Scored ‘Not Satisfactory’

Pacific Venus, Japan Cruise Line, Inc | Score: 76
Safari Endeavour, Un-Cruise Adventures | Score: 79
Silver Wind, Silversea Cruises Ltd | Score: 79
Oceania Insignia, Oceania Cruises | Score: 80
Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises Ltd | Score: 81
Le Boreal, Compagnie Du Ponant SA | Score: 84
Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Lines | Score: 84
Ocean Dream, Japan Grace | Score: 85

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