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Holland America’s ship ms Eurodam has officially made history. It recently earned its 11th perfect health inspection score in a row conducted by the CDC, making the run of 100s a record not only for Holland America, but for the cruising industry as a whole.
The unannounced inspection was on January 14, during a turnaround in Port Everglades at the beginning of a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. The perfect score follows on the heels of Koningsdam, which achieved a perfect score on its first inspection in December.
In 2016, six Holland America ships earned perfect scores of 100 – Eurodam, Koningsdam, Maasdam, Veendam, Noordam, and Westerdam. The year before, seven ships received ten perfect scores – Eurodam, Noordam, Veendam, Zuiderdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Ryndam, and Statendam.
CDC inspections are required for all passenger ships that call in a US port. They are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the US Public Health Service twice a year for each ship. The score is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas, like food storage and preparation, galley cleanliness, water, onboard crew, and the ship as a whole.
Source/photo: Holland America Line