Cruise ships are inspected by the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) of
the CDC. They do surprise inspections twice a year. Inspections focus on the water
supply, the health of pools and spas, food and the risk for contamination of food and
water. They also check the cleanliness and condition of the ship including the hygiene
of the staff. They will also check the ships ventilation and medical facilities.
If a ship fails inspection, it will
generally be reinspected within 30 to 45 days. However, if there is an imminent health
risk, the VSP may recommend that the ship not sail.
Before you set sail, you can check
the cruise ship inspection reports on the VSP website. Check the
"green sheet" for your cruise. This is a listing of all
current inspection scores for active vessels in the program.