CRYSTAL CLEAN® ENVIRONMENT
As our primary concern is for the safety and well being of our guests, Crystal Cruises follows the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the early 1970's, the CDC established the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). Today the program annually incorporates two unannounced inspections in U.S. ports. Every vessel that has a foreign itinerary, carries 13 or more passengers and calls on a U.S. port is subject to the inspection.
To ensure a clean and healthful environment, cruise ships must meet the criteria established by the CDC. This inspection focuses on the ship's water supply, spas and pools, food storage, preparation and service, practices and personal hygiene of employees, cleanliness and physical condition of the ship, and the training programs in general environmental and public health practices. At the end of the inspection each ship is given a score based on a 100-point scale. A passing score is 86 or higher. Failure to obtain a satisfactory score indicates a ship has not attained generally accepted standards of sanitation; it does not necessarily imply an imminent risk of an outbreak.
By maintaining a stringent sanitation program and overall company dedication, for more than 10 years Crystal Cruises has maintained an average score of 95. Crystal Symphony has scored two perfect 100's. Crystal Serenity received a perfect score of 100 as well.
We continue to strive for excellence in all areas of public health and sanitation by establishing ongoing senior officer and crew training, providing shoreside support, and utilizing the CDC for guidance in new construction of our ships.
To contact Crystal with your environmental question, send an email to: Crystalclean@crystalcruises.com