Six cruise ships have received perfect health scores so far in 2019 with four of those ships belonging to one cruise line, Royal Caribbean. The surprise inspections are carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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.
The four Royal Caribbean cruise ships that received perfect 100 health scores so far in 2019 are:
- Enchantment of the Seas (July 12, 2019)
- Anthem of the Seas (June 11, 2019)
- Brilliance of the Seas (April 6, 2019)
- Rhapsody of the Seas (February 9, 2019)
The other two cruise ships that have received perfect health scores this year are Celebrity Summit (also owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) and Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam.
During the unannounced 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.