Cleanest Cruise Ships in 2019 - and Those That Failed Their Inspection

A fly in your soup on a cruise ship? This is not taken lightly by the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC inspects the hundreds of cruise ships that enter U.S. ports as part of its Vessel Sanitation Program, checking the ventilation and drinking water systems, looking for proper food preparation and storage, and inspecting the sanitation of common areas, dining rooms, swimming pools and medical facilities.

Based on their reports, the inspectors seem fastidious. They count flies. Examples of infractions in reports include a housefly noted on a bowl of pears, six flies in a pastry preparation area, a mosquito on the bulkhead behind an outdoor grill, and a fruit fly in an oatmeal station.

They note when they find coffee grounds under the coffee machine, mold on an ice bin, a broken salad washer, a pan of lasagna with no discard date, under-chilled yogurt, a clogged drain, a leaky pipe.

The cruise ships are scored on a 100-point scale; points are deducted from the score when there is a pattern of similar violations or when there is a single, significant violation. A score of 85 or below is considered not satisfactory.

These are the cleanest cruise ships -- those that scored 99-100 in the most recent inspections. Read on to see the ships that failed.

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Enchantment of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas

Enchantment of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International (RCL)
  • Inspection date: July 12, 2019
  • Score: 100

Above, Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas docked in the Bahamas.

Photo: Nazar Skladanyi / Shutterstock

Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line

  • Inspection date: June 17, 2019
  • Score: 100

Photo: Claude Huot / Shutterstock

Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

  • Inspection date: June 11, 2019
  • Score: 100

Photo: Duncan Cuthbertson / Shutterstock

Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

  • Inspection date: June 6, 2019
  • Score: 100

Photo: Ruth Peterkin/Shutterstock

Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Cruises

  • Inspection date: Feb. 11, 2019
  • Score: 100

Photo: David T London / Shutterstock

Rhapsody of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

  • Inspection date: Feb. 9, 2019
  • Score: 100

Photo: GEORGE STAMATIS / Shutterstock

Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH)

  • Inspection date: Dec. 10, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Mariusz Lopusiewicz / Shutterstock

Disney Wonder
Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder

Disney Cruise Lines (DIS)

  • Inspection date: Dec. 7, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: KC Keller / Shutterstock

Seabourn Quest
Seabourn Quest

Seabourn Quest

Seabourn Cruise Line

  • Inspection date: Nov. 4, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Christian Ferrer / Wikipedia

Viking Star
Viking Star

Viking Star

Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Inspection date: Oct. 15, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Steve Heap / Shutterstock

Aurora
Aurora

Aurora

P&O Cruises

  • Inspection date: Sept. 9, 2018
  • Score: 100

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Disney Fantasy
Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Lines

  • Inspection date: Sept. 22, 2018
  • Score: 100
Photo: Sergey Kelin / Shutterstock

Noordam
Noordam

Noordam

Holland America Line

  • Inspection date: Aug. 29, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Debbie Ann Powell / Shutterstock

Sea Princess
Sea Princess

Sea Princess

Princess Cruises

  • Inspection date: Aug. 19, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Noel Jones Wikipedia

Disney Dream
Disney Dream

Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Lines

  • Inspection date: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Pixabay

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Holland America Line

  • Inspection date: Aug. 9, 2018
  • Score: 100

Photo: Shutterstock

Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

  • Inspection date: May 12, 2019
  • Score: 99

Photo: Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock

Crown Princess
Crown Princess

Crown Princess

Princess Cruises

  • Inspection date: April 3, 2019
  • Score: 99

Photo: Enrico Powell / Shutterstock

Koningsdam
Koningsdam

Koningsdam

Holland America Line

  • Inspection date: Jan. 23, 2019
  • Score: 99

Photo: Pjotr Mahhonin/Wikipedia

Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Cruises

  • Inspection date: Dec. 11, 2018
  • Score: 99

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Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess

Princess Cruises

  • Inspection date: Aug. 29, 2018
  • Score: 99

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Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Cruises

  • Inspection date: April 2, 2016
  • Score: 99

Photo: Drew Rawcliffe / Shutterstock

Cruise Ships That Scored Below 85
Cruise Ships That Scored Below 85

These are the cruise ships that failed inspection, scoring below 85 out of 100, with the most recent listed first:

MS Grand Classica

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

  • Inspection date: July 24, 2019
  • Score: 81

This recently inspected cruise ship has not yet submitted a corrective action report.

Photo: WikiEK at English Wikipedia

Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. (CCL)

  • Inspection date: July 18, 2019
  • Score: 77

The ship has submitted a corrective report, but the CDC does not verify that the deficiencies have been corrected until after conducting the next vessel inspection or re-inspection.

Photo: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock

Majesty of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

  • Inspection date: July 3, 2019
  • Score: 82

The ship has submitted a corrective report.

Photo: mariakray / Shutterstock

Oceania Insignia
Oceania Insignia

Oceania Insignia

Oceania Cruises

  • Inspection date: Dec. 17, 2018
  • Score: 80

The ship has submitted a corrective report.

Photo: Ovidiu Curic / Shutterstock

Safari Endeavour
Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

Un-Cruise Adventures

  • Inspection date: Sept. 9, 2018
  • Score: 79

This cruise ship, inspected in 2018, has not submitted a corrective action report. 

Photo: UnCruise.com

Ocean Dream
Ocean Dream

Ocean Dream

Maritime Holdings Group

  • Inspection date: July 13, 2018
  • Score: 85

The ship has submitted a corrective report. The Ocean Dream is currently chartered by Peace Boat, a global non-government organization based in Japan.

Photo: Pjotr Mahhonin/ Wikipedia

Silver Wind
Silver Wind

Silver Wind

Silversea Cruises Ltd

  • Inspection date: March 18, 2018
  • Score: 79
The ship has submitted a corrective report.

Photo: Mariusz Lopusiewicz / Shutterstock

Le Boreal
Le Boreal

Le Boreal

Compagnie Du Ponant SA

  • Inspection date: Oct. 6, 2017
  • Score: 84

The ship has submitted a corrective report.

Photo: Gala_Kan / Shutterstock

Pacific Venus
Pacific Venus

Pacific Venus

Japan Cruise Line, Inc

  • Inspection date: Feb. 13, 2017
  • Score: 76

The ship has submitted a corrective report.

You can find the scores and reports for all ships and cruise lines that enter U.S. ports at the Vessel Sanitation Program's search page

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