Holland America has cause to be proud. With Koningsdam’s perfect 100 score on an unannounced Health Dept inspection this week, that makes three of their ships earning a 100 score just this year. Also in March, Oosterdam received a 100 score and in January the kudos went to Eurodam for a 100 score.
The impromptu health inspection took place during a turnaround in Fort Lauderdale while passengers disembarked and new ones embarked. This was the second perfect score for Koningsdam, the first being in December 2016, only 8 months after the ship was launched.
Along with Oosterdam and Eurodam in 2017, six Holland America Line ships previously earned perfect scores in 2016, including Koningsdam, ms Maasdam, ms Veendam, ms Noordam and ms Westerdam. The year prior seven ships received 10 perfect scores: Eurodam, Noordam, Veendam, ms Zuiderdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Ryndam and ms Statendam.
CDC health inspections began in the 1970s and is a requirement for all cruise ships that call at any U.S. port. These inspections are surprise visits and conducted about every ship twice a year.
Inspectors assess all areas of the ship but focus mainly on those that relate to hygiene, sanitation, food storage and preparation, galley cleanliness, water and shipboard personnel.
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