HAL’s Eurodam Sets Record With 11 Straight Perfect CDC Scores
Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam earned its 11th consecutive perfect score of 100 on a routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The line says the run of perfect scores is a record in both the cruise industry and company history.
Eurodam’s unannounced USPH inspection was held 14JAN, during a turnaround at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The perfect score follows on the heels of sister ship ms Koningsdam achieving a perfect score on its first-ever USPH inspection in December.
“Holland America Line strives to be the best, and to earn an amazing 11 consecutive perfect public health inspection scores shows that it’s part of our company culture and our staff is working hard to make it happen,” said HAL president Orlando Ashford.
In 2016 six additional HAL ships earned perfect scores, including Eurodam, Koningsdam, ms Maasdam, ms Veendam, ms Noordam and ms Westerdam. In 2015 seven ships received 10 perfect scores: Eurodam, Noordam, Veendam, ms Zuiderdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Ryndam and ms Statendam.
CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, introduced in the early 1970s and required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S. port.
Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program harmonizes with the United States’ CDC Vessel Sanitation Program, and inspections are conducted once a year when cruise ships visit Canadian ports.
The score, on a scale from one to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas of assessment encompassing hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.