Vessel Sanitation Program

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 Environmental Health Science and Practice.   More about VSP »

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Cruise Ship Inspections

Find Scores, Reports, and Corrective Actions

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Learn about the Eight Areas VSP Evaluates on Cruise Ships

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Healthy Cruising

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Acute Gastroenteritis on Cruise Ships

AGE Outbreaks on Cruise Ships Are Relatively Infrequent

Page last reviewed: April 29, 2018