Holland America Ship Earns Perfect Score

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Holland America Line continues their pristine health score record with ms Veendam earning a perfect score of 100 recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The ship also earned a perfect score on its Health Canada inspection.

Veendam‘s inspection was held on May 21 during a turnaround call in Boston, at the beginning of a week-long Bermuda sailing.  On May 12, Health Canada inspected the ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the middle of a Canada/New England cruise.  Prior to these inspections, the ship received a perfect score last August in Boston as well.

In March of this year, the cruise line’s ms Eurodam earned its 10th score of 100 in a row, making it the first ship in the company’s history to receive that many consecutive 100s.  Last year, seven Holland America ships received a total of 10 perfect scores: Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, and ms Veendam.  

CDC inspections are unannounced and are carried out twice a year per ship.  Health Canada harmonizes with the US program, and are conducted once a year when cruise ships visit Canadian ports.  The score is assigned based on hygiene and sanitation of food, galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel, and the ship as a whole.

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