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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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