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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 the norovirus, various outbreaks, 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 in 2019

Cruise ShipCruise LineDate
Celebrity ReflectionCelebrity Cruises12/9/2019
KoningsdamHolland America Line12/4/2019
Norwegian SkyNorwegian Cruise Lines12/2/2019
Disney DreamDisney Cruise Lines11/29/2019
Viking SeaViking Ocean Cruises10/23/2019
Disney WonderDisney Cruise Lines10/20/2019
Majesty of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International9/9/2019
Ruby PrincessPrincess Cruises8/31/2019
Enchantment of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International7/12/2019
Nieuw AmsterdamHolland America Line6/17/2019
Anthem of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International6/11/2019
Celebrity EquinoxCelebrity Cruises6/10/2019
Brilliance of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International4/6/2019

Cruise Ships/Cruise Lines Scored ‘Not Satisfactory’ from 2018 to Present

Cruise ShipCruise LineDateScore
Carnival FantasyCarnival Cruise Lines, Inc.7/18/201977
Carnival LibertyCarnival Cruise Lines, Inc.1/4/201880
Grand CelebrationBahamas Paradise Cruise Line1/10/201880
KydonFerries Del Caribe3/19/201878
Majesty of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International7/3/201982
MS Grand ClassicaBahamas Paradise Cruise Line7/24/201981
Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Cruise Lines3/10/201984
Ocean DreamMaritime Holdings Group7/13/201885
Oceania InsigniaOceania Cruises12/17/201880
Regal PrincessPrincess Cruises2/5/202077
Safari EndeavourUn-Cruise Adventures9/9/201879
Silver SpiritSilversea Cruises Ltd2/15/201981
Silver WindSilversea Cruises Ltd3/18/201879

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2019. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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