Twice a year, each cruise ship that sails to or from a U.S. cruise port goes through an unannounced public health inspection. This surprise inspection is done by the VSP (Vessel Sanitation Program) to determine how well the ships are operating and to the check the sanitation standards on board.
During the inspections, all major areas of the ship are inspected including medical facilities, portable water systems, swimming pools and hot tubs, galleys and dining rooms, child activity centers, hotel accommodations, ventilation systems, and common areas of the ship.
In 2016, the following 29 cruise ships have received perfect 100 scores during their heath inspection according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ships are listed below with the most recent inspections first:
- Seadream II (11/19/16)
- MS Westerdam (11/12/16)
- Celebrity Reflection (11/5/16)
- Carnival Elation (10/27/16)
- Crystal Serenity (10/25/16)
- Regatta (9/20/16)
- Carnival Victory (8/28/16) Scored a perfect 100 on both inspections in 2016.
- Granduer of the Seas (7/7/16)
- Norwegian Getaway (6/26/16)
- Celebrity Solstice (6/6/16)
- Allure of the Seas (6/5/16)
- MS Veendam (5/31/16)
- MS Noordam (5/26/16)
- Radience of the Seas (5/25/16)
- Silver Shadow (5/26/16)
- Celebrity Eclipse (4/17/16)
- Celebrity Millennium (4/15/16) Fourth straight perfect score.
- Celebrity Silhouette (4/10/16)
- Disney Fantasy (3/30/16)
- Norwegian Spirit (3/29/16)
- Carnival Victory (3/27/16)
- Disney Magic (3/24/16)
- MS Eurodam (3/20/16) Has received a perfect 100 score on the past 10 inspections dating back to 2011.
- Emerald Princess (3-14/16)
- Celebrity Equinox (3/14/16) Second straight perfect score
- Regal Princess (2/24/16) Has received a perfect 100 score on every inspection since the ship went into service in 2014.
- Royal Princess (2/22/16)
- Freedom of the Seas (2/7/16)
- Carnival Breeze (1/24/16)
- MS Maasdam (1/14/16)
To receive a perfect 100, the ship must receive perfect marks on all 44 items on the USPH’s Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. A score of 85 or below is considered a failing score. Only five cruise ships have failed inspection over the past eight years.