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Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Disney Dream Perfect Health Score for the 12th Time

Disney Dream

Photo by Ryan Crierie, used under CC BY 2.0

For the 12th time out of 15 inspections, the Disney Dream received a perfect health score.   The perfect 100 inspection score occurred earlier this month while docked at Port Canaveral.  The Disney Dream went into services in 2011 and maintain a high level of health safety since it’s inauguration.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performs two unannounced inspection each year for ships that dock at USA ports.   Durin the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP), the ship is evaluated and checked for sanitation standards.  Many times the inspections are like those done on land with restaurants or hotels, etc.  The goal of the inspection is the passenger and crew safety.

When the inspections take place, four inspectors board the ship unannounced.  They inspect the galley, swimming pools, hot tubs, children activity center, etc.
Any score below 85 is considered a failure.   In 2017, 17 ships failed their surprise inspections.  This is the highest number of failures since the CDC started inspecting cruise ships.  The CDC conducted 250 inspections that year.    Ships will receive citations for infractions found during the inspections.   Cruise ships address major issues immedately when discovered.   The CDC will revisit those ships that fail within a reasonable amount of time for the ship to address the problem.

The VSP program is funded by the cruise industry through fees.  Ships are assessed fees based on their size, ranging from $1,495 to $17,940.

Travel Hacker Tip

Passengers can visit the VSP page (on the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website (https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/).   Before booking any cruise, check the VSP website to see how the ship you are going on fared in it’s inspections.  Also… keep in mind what the inspectors found.  A dirty mop or a broken tile, doesn’t indicate that the ship was really dirty.   Understand what they inspectors saw.
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