14 cruise ships on 10 different cruise lines earned perfect 100 health scores during surprise inspections over the past 12 months.
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 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to determine how well the cruise ships are operating and to the check the sanitation standards on board each ship.
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.
The 14 cruise ships that earned a perfect score over the 12 months are:
- Celebrity Summit
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Norwegian Gem
- Disney Wonder
- Seabourn Quest
- Viking Star
- Disney Fantasy
- Sea Princess
- Disney Dream
- Emerald Princess
The most recent score for every cruise ship can be found here.
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.