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Holland America Line’s ms Noordam and ms Veendam have received perfect scores of 100 on United States Public Health Inspections (U.S.P.H), conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Noordam’s unannounced inspection was conducted on July 21 while the ship was in Skagway, Alaska, during a seven-day round-trip cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia. The ship had previously received a perfect score of 100 in January 2015 during a call at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Veendam’s unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held August 29 during a turn-around call at Boston, Massachusetts. The vessel was also inspected by Health Canada on July 21, 2015 at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, during a seven-day Canada/New England cruise, in which it received a near perfect score of 99.
In addition, Holand America Line's ms Eurodam achieved its eighth consecutive U.S.P.H. score of 100 this year, ms Statendam received its third consecutive 100, and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Westerdam also earned perfect scores.
Altogether, eight Holland Amerca Line ships have earned a total of seventeen perfect scores this year. The score, on a scale from one to 100, is based on a checklist involving several criteria, including hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.