Ms Oosterdam
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Holland America Line has revealed that another ship has received a perfect score in a routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ms Oosterdam is another Holland America ship and the second of 2017 to receive a perfect 100 score. The unannounced USPH inspection was held March 3, 2017, during a turnaround at Tampa, Florida, at the start of a seven-day Caribbean cruise. The perfect score follows on the heels of sister ship ms Eurodam achieving its 11th perfect score in January, making cruise industry history with the most consecutive 100s.

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said:

“As a company we strive for the highest standards in all areas of operation across the fleet, and our recent public health inspections are a testament to how hard everyone is working to achieve these perfect scores.” “Congratulations to everyone onboard Oosterdam and all of our employees who worked endlessly to make it happen once again.”

Along with 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.

The inspections are an important part of hygiene and sanitation onboard cruise ships. Many aspects of the ship’s procedures are looked at and the food is a very important part of that. Crew members will also often go through training to make sure the correct sanitation levels are kept at all times.