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Sanitation - Safety - Security

Are cruise ships safe?

Absolutely! According to recent maritime research, cruising is still one of the safest forms of travel in the world. Here are a few good-to-know facts:

  • As ships have grown larger, cruises have become safer than at any time in history.
  • According to CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), a typical cruise ship has more than 60 safety, environmental and health inspections each year.
  • Ships provide firefighting teams, life jackets, and enough survival craft to accommodate at least 125% of passengers and crew.
  • Cruise ships are regularly sanitized, from door handles to poker chips

How Secure are Cruise Ships?

Virtually no other segment of the travel and hospitality industry does more to make sure their guests are safe and secure. Major cruise lines have sophisticated security departments run by former federal, state or military law enforcement officials and staffed by professional security personnel – 0n call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Cruise ships are tightly controlled environments. U.S.-based cruise lines share passenger manifests with U.S. authorities who check against official databases. Proof of identity is required to access a cruise ship terminal; only crew, ticketed passengers, and those on a pre-approved list may enter. All passengers, crew, and baggage must pass through screening checkpoints before boarding.

Cruise Ship Health Concerns

Cruise lines continuously focus on providing clean and sanitary environments aboard their ships for the health of all on board. Should the need arise, cruise lines are equipped with medical facilities for guests and crew members. Cruise ships go to great lengths to keep passengers healthy and well.

  • Cruises regularly clean and sanitize the facilities on board, from door handles and gym equipment to Scrabble tiles and poker chips.
  • Cabins are cleaned and sanitized at least once daily, restaurants and snack areas are cleaned regularly, and common areas like pools and elevators are cleaned throughout the day.
  • Health screenings help to identify ill passengers or crewmembers prior to boarding. Passengers and crewmembers who may be ill are assessed by medical staff before they may interact with other guests.

  • At the end of every cruise, crewmembers are to clean the ship from top to bottom using designated cleaning supplies and sanitation procedures.
  • CLIA members collaborate with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to develop and implement guidelines on cruise ship medical facilities.