Did you know that many cruise lines hope to sell off their remaining inventory for the year in November and December? While the deals vary from year to year, you can often find excellent bargains if you’re willing to be flexible. In fact, according to Cruise Critic, this is one of the best times of year to book a cruise if you’re open to booking immediately if you spot an exciting promotion, you’re hoping to book an upcoming cruise early for the best availability, or you want a last-minute trip to the Caribbean.
As you peruse the possibilities and compare cruise lines, be sure to keep sanitation in mind. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspects cruise ships for cleanliness and (thankfully) has found that most cruise ships are quite clean. The CDC gives the cleanest cruise ships a perfect score of 100 following an inspection, but all cruise ships must receive a score of 86 or more to pass. If you want to stay healthy on your next cruise, check out the CDC’s Inspection Query Tool and review our tips below.
Keeping Clean While Cruising
The Cleanest Cruise Ships
According to the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, the following ships received a perfect score of 100 on their last inspection report (and that inspection was conducted within the past year):
- Majesty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Ruby Princess (Princess)
- Enchantment of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland)
- Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Celebrity Equinox (Celebrity)
- Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Celebrity Summit (Celebrity)
- Rhapsody of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Norwegian Gem (Norwegian)
Don’t see your favorite ship or cruise line on the list? Don’t worry. Even if it didn’t score a perfect 100, it may have scored quite highly still. Or it may not have been inspected in the last year. For example, the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder both received a perfect 100 on their last evaluation but they haven’t been inspected since 2018. To check the most recent score of your favorite ship (or a ship you’re considering booking), use the Inspection Search tool.
The Not-So-Clean Cruise Ships
Wondering which ships didn’t make the grade? Fortunately, only four ships received a “not satisfactory” score on their last inspection:
- Le Boreal (Compagnie Du Ponant SA)
- MS Grand Classica (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line)
- Safari Endeavor (Un-Cruise Adventures)
- Silver Wind (Silversea Cruises Ltd.)
Tips to Stay Healthy on a Cruise
Even on the cleanest cruise ships, germs exist and easily spread from person to person. Because everyone is kept in such close proximity, if even one person is sick, the illness can quickly spread and potentially infect hundreds of passengers. For example, a crisis occurred on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea in January 2019 when more than 500 passengers were stricken with norovirus. Nearly 9 percent of the cruise ship’s passengers were infected, and the ship was forced to return to its home port early. Suffice it to say, you should never take your health for granted while traveling. Be proactive and encourage the people around you to do the same.
To protect yourself on a cruise ship, use the following tips:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after meals, after using the restroom, and after touching any public surfaces (doorknobs, buffet tongs, hot tubs, etc.). Use warm water and soap, taking your time to scrub every bit of skin.
- Carry hand sanitizer to use as an extra protective measure. This should not replace washing your hands, but it may come in handy when you want a little extra protection. You can never be too careful on a cruise! You can also carry it with you for excursions, when you may not have access to water and soap. Check out SafeSpace’s Hand Sanitizer, which is available in a convenient travel size.
- Use a germ fogger to disinfect your cabin. Did you know that most cruise ships have mere hours to turn over the entire ship for a new batch of guests? And you never know what the previous guests may have less behind. Use the SafeSpace Disinfectant Germ Fogger in your cabin to kill 99 percent of germs responsible for colds, the flu, MRSA, and more. Pack it in your luggage, use it as soon as you have access to your room (it only takes an hour), and be sure to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door so that staff members know not to enter your room while the fogger is working its magic.
For more information regarding the best things you can do to stay healthy during your next voyage, check out our blog post How to Not Get Sick on a Cruise.
Now that you know which are the cleanest cruise ships, are you ready to book your next voyage? Before you sail away, you may wish to consider buying the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit, which includes the Hand Sanitizer, Germ Fogger, and an Automotive Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist (perfect if you’ll be driving to port). The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made products to keep you safe and healthy. For more information about SafeSpace, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-735-2506.
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