Health & Wellness

How Dirty Is Your Cruise Ship? The CDC Will Tell You

If you’re headed on a cruise this year or considering booking one, you most definitely want to check this resource. While cruises are undoubtedly a great way to travel, there are some downsides, like the fact that you’re traveling in a confined space and germs can spread much more rapidly. Between the norovirus, various outbreaks, and the risk of drinking contaminated water, you want to make sure you’re traveling on a cruise ship that has a clean bill of health … literally.

Thankfully the CDC has a resource for you: the Vessel Sanction Program. This cruise ship inspection search lets you search general cruise lines, cruise ships and see the health rating, or you can search for a specific cruise line or specific ship within a date range. Once you complete your search, you’ll see the filtered results as well as an inspection score (the CDC sets a score of 85 as the benchmark for being satisfactory or not satisfactory), inspection date, and a detailed report.

Cruise Ships/Cruise Lines With a Perfect Score in 2019

Cruise ShipCruise LineDate
Celebrity ReflectionCelebrity Cruises12/9/2019
KoningsdamHolland America Line12/4/2019
Norwegian SkyNorwegian Cruise Lines12/2/2019
Disney DreamDisney Cruise Lines11/29/2019
Viking SeaViking Ocean Cruises10/23/2019
Disney WonderDisney Cruise Lines10/20/2019
Majesty of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International9/9/2019
Ruby PrincessPrincess Cruises8/31/2019
Enchantment of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International7/12/2019
Nieuw AmsterdamHolland America Line6/17/2019
Anthem of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International6/11/2019
Celebrity EquinoxCelebrity Cruises6/10/2019
Brilliance of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International4/6/2019

Cruise Ships/Cruise Lines Scored ‘Not Satisfactory’ from 2018 to Present

Cruise ShipCruise LineDateScore
Carnival FantasyCarnival Cruise Lines, Inc.7/18/201977
Carnival LibertyCarnival Cruise Lines, Inc.1/4/201880
Grand CelebrationBahamas Paradise Cruise Line1/10/201880
KydonFerries Del Caribe3/19/201878
Majesty of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International7/3/201982
MS Grand ClassicaBahamas Paradise Cruise Line7/24/201981
Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Cruise Lines3/10/201984
Ocean DreamMaritime Holdings Group7/13/201885
Oceania InsigniaOceania Cruises12/17/201880
Regal PrincessPrincess Cruises2/5/202077
Safari EndeavourUn-Cruise Adventures9/9/201879
Silver SpiritSilversea Cruises Ltd2/15/201981
Silver WindSilversea Cruises Ltd3/18/201879

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2019. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

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