The unannounced inspection on Grand Princess took place on March 23, 2018 and the results were published this week. This is the third time that this cruise ship has received a perfect 100 health score. The ship has never scored lower than a 90.
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 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.
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.
This is the cruise line’s first perfect health score since May 2017 when Island Princess earned a 100.
Grand Princess is currently sailing out of San Francisco on a variety of cruises to Hawaii and Mexico. The 2,500 passenger cruise ship will begin sailing to Alaska in May.