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Holland America Line’s ship ms Oosterdam has joined sister ship Eurodam this year by earning a perfect score of 100 on a recent US Public Health inspection.
The unannounced inspection was held on March 3, 2017 during a turnaround in Tampa, Florida at the beginning of a 7-day cruise. The perfect score follows on the heels of Eurodam achieving its 11th perfect score in January, making cruise industry history with the most consecutive 100s.
Along with Eurodam in 2017, six of the line’s ships earned perfect scores in 2016: Koningsdam, Maasdam, Veendam, Noordam, and Westerdam. The year before, seven ships received 10 perfect scores.
Vessel Sanitation Program
The CDC inspections are required for all passenger ships that call in a US port. They’re unannounced and carried out by officials from the US Public Health Service twice a year per ship. The score is based on a scale from 1-100 and is based on a checklist involving dozens of areas such as food storage and preparation, water, shipboard crew, and the vessel as a whole.