Holland America’s newest cruise ship ms Koningsdam has received a perfect score of 100 on her very first US Public Health inspection. The unannounced inspection was held on December 20, during a call at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship was in the middle of a 10-day Caribbean cruise.
“A new class of ship means many firsts for our crew in managing operations on board, and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone on Koningsdam who worked diligently to earn a perfect score for the ship’s first public health inspection in the United States.” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America.
In 2016, five other ships from the line also received perfect 100’s, and four ships earned scores of 99. Last March, ms Eurodam was the first ship in the company’s history to receive 10 consecutive scores of 100 from the USPH.
The routine inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, which is required for all passenger ships that call in a US port. They are carried out twice a year for every cruise ship. Scores are based on a checklist in dozens of areas, including hygiene, food sanitation, water, galley cleanliness, and shipboard personnel.