The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

X
cruise ship at sea

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

SmarterTravel

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

More from SmarterTravel:

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

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From