Holland America Line’s ms Maasdam recently received a perfect health score on their US Public Health Inspection.
Health inspections are required for all passenger ships that call at a US port. They are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the US Public Health Service twice a year per ship. The score is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas of assessment, including cleanliness and sanitation of food. To earn a perfect score, cruise ships must pass a 44 item inspection that includes food handling, storage, galley inspection and even the pools are evaluated.