Vessel Sanitation Program

Prevent gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships.

The CDC Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) helps the cruise ship industry prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of GI illnesses on cruise ships.

Learn more about VSP, including inspections, GI illness surveillance, and outbreak investigations.

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Cruise Ship Travelers

Take steps to prevent getting sick on your cruise.

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Cruise Ship Industry

Learn how to keep guests and crew safe from gastrointestinal illness on cruises.

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Public Health Professionals

Explore our resources for investigating and responding to outbreaks on cruise ships.