Two Holland America cruise ships have earned a perfect score in recent United States Public Health Inspections (USPH) run by the CDC. It’s always a great accomplishment to receive a full 100 score and means the ships are following procedures perfectly.
Amsterdam and Noordam Receive Perfect Scores
The two cruise ships recently had USPH inspections which are done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The inspections took place on ms Amsterdam on August 11 when the ship was docked in Sitka, Alaska during the middle of a seven-day Alaska cruise.
The inspections for ms Noordam took place on August 29 while the ship was calling in Juneau, Alaska as part of a 7-day cruise.
Holland America has been leading the way with the important USPH inspections and in fact, over the past five years, several ships in the fleet have received a score of 100 almost 30 times. If only every cruise line could do this!
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said:
“There is nothing more important to us than the health and well-being of our guests and crew, and the most recent series of 100’s is an impressive accomplishment that reflects this commitment.”
“Congratulations to the teams aboard Amsterdam and Noordam, as well as everyone ashore who worked very hard to achieve these perfect scores.”
The inspections are unannounced and occur twice every year for every single cruise ship which sails to a U.S. port. When the inspectors are onboard they have a checklist which the ship must pass. Not just that but correct procedures must be done by all crew members including no cutting corners.
The checklist includes hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.