Frequently Asked Questions About Cruise Ship Inspections
The Vessel Sanitation Program conduct periodic operational sanitation inspections. Here are a few things you should know about it:
Why are these inspections done? VSP inspectors conduct operational sanitation inspections to determine how well ships are operating and maintaining sanitation standards in accordance with the current VSP Operations Manual.
What do inspectors do during the periodic sanitation inspection? Depending on the size of the ship, one to four inspectors examine the ship to see if it complies with the public health standards found in the current VSP Operations Manual. Inspections usually take 8-10 hours, depending on the number of inspectors, ship size, and issues identified during the inspection.
How often are ships inspected? Cruise ships under VSP’s jurisdiction are subject to two inspections each year. If a ship sails outside of the United States for an extended period of time, it may not be inspected twice a year, but it will be inspected again when it returns to the United States.