Zuiderdam Earns 10th Perfect Health Score

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Holland America Line’s ship ms Zuiderdam just earned quite an honor last month.  The ship became the seventh in the fleet to earn a perfect health score this year, making it the tenth perfect score for the ship overall.

Zuiderdam‘s unannounced US health inspection took place during a turnaround call in Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of a 12-day Panama Canal and Caribbean cruise on November 30.  Prior, the line’s ms Eurodam also received a perfect score of 100 in October, making that the ship’s ninth perfect score in a row.

So far this year, ms Statendam received it’s third 100 in a row, ms Noordam earned two perfect scores, and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Ryndam, and ms Veendam achieved perfect scores.

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.

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