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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 Ship Cruise Line Date
Celebrity Reflection Celebrity Cruises 12/9/2019
Koningsdam Holland America Line 12/4/2019
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Cruise Lines 12/2/2019
Disney Dream Disney Cruise Lines 11/29/2019
Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 10/23/2019
Disney Wonder Disney Cruise Lines 10/20/2019
Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 9/9/2019
Ruby Princess Princess Cruises 8/31/2019
Enchantment of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 7/12/2019
Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line 6/17/2019
Anthem of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 6/11/2019
Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Cruises 6/10/2019
Brilliance of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 4/6/2019

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

Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score
Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 7/18/2019 77
Carnival Liberty Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 1/4/2018 80
Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 1/10/2018 80
Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 3/19/2018 78
Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 7/3/2019 82
MS Grand Classica Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 7/24/2019 81
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Lines 3/10/2019 84
Ocean Dream Maritime Holdings Group 7/13/2018 85
Oceania Insignia Oceania Cruises 12/17/2018 80
Regal Princess Princess Cruises 2/5/2020 77
Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 9/9/2018 79
Silver Spirit Silversea Cruises Ltd 2/15/2019 81
Silver Wind Silversea Cruises Ltd 3/18/2018 79

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

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