Disney Dream scored a perfect 100 during an inspection that took place at Port Canaveral earlier this month. The cruise ship has now scored a perfect 100 on 12 of the ship’s 15 inspections that have taken place since the ship went into service in 2011.
Cruise ships that sail to and from U.S. cruise ports undergo two surprise inspections each year conducted by the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). These unannounced inspections by the VSP are 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 cruise ship are inspected. This includes 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.
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.
The Vessel Sanitation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. VSP operates under the authority of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Section 264 Quarantine and Inspection Regulations to Control Communicable Diseases).
Disney Dream has now scored a perfect 100 in 80% of the inspections that have taken place onboard the ship. The cruise ship has not only never failed an inspection, but has never scored lower than a 94.
Disney Dream currently sails three and four night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. Both itineraries stops in Nassau and the Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. The four night cruises also have one sea day.