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The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. VSP operates under the authority of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Section 264 Quarantine and Inspection Regulations to Control Communicable Diseases). VSP is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services.   More about VSP »

Cruise Ship Travelers

Inspection Scores, Reports, and Corrective Actions - Outbreak Information - Prevention Tips

Publications & References

VSP Operations Manual - VSP Construction Guidelines - Related Publications and Articles

Cruise Ship Industry

Electronic and Seminar Training - Inspection Data - Investigation Tools

Public Health Professionals

Prevention and Response


What's New

Meeting Notice - The first meeting to discuss revisions to the VSP 2011 Operations Manual and VSP 2011 Construction Guidelines will be April 7-8, 2015, at the STX Europe shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. Send an email to vsp@cdc.gov for registration information.

VSP 2011 Operations Manual [PDF - 4.88 MB]
   Changes from 2005 Version (highlighted) [PDF - 4.89 MB]
   Clarifications to the VSP 2011 Operations Manual [PDF - 521 KB]

VSP 2011 Construction Guidelines [PDF - 4.88 MB]
  Changes from 2005 Version (highlighted) [PDF - 2.92 MB]
  Clarifications to the VSP 2011 Construction Guidelines [PDF - 162 KB]

Construction Inspections – Letter to Cruise Industry [PDF - 631 KB]

2015 VSP Seminar Dates – Miami and Seattle

Inspection Infographic
Infographic showing the eight specific areas inspectors evaluate on ships.

Prevention eCards
Send electronic greeting cards on hand washing and cruises.

Handwashing
Handwashing recommendations for the cruising public.

 
 

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Click here to learn about what VSP inspects on ships.

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