follows sister-ship Eurodam's 13th consecutive USPH score of
Wash., Feb. 7, 2018 — Holland America Line's Zuiderdam recently
earned a perfect score of 100 on a surprise routine United States Public Health
(USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). Zuiderdam's
score follows sister ship Eurodam's
December 2017 score of 100, continuing that ship's six-year run of perfect
unannounced USPH inspection was held Jan. 27, 2018, during a turnaround at Port
Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the start of an 11-day Panama Canal
and Caribbean cruise. Over the past four years, several Holland America Line
ships have achieved a perfect score of 100 more than 23 times.
"Everyone involved with these inspections works incredibly hard to achieve that
perfect score, and it's especially difficult on a turnaround day when there's
so much happening on board," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America
Line. "A score of 100 carries significant magnitude, and we congratulate the
entire team aboard Zuiderdam
for this accomplishment."
CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, which was introduced
in the early 1970s and is required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S.
port. The inspections are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the
United States Public Health Service twice a year for every cruise ship.
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.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
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Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers
more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or
dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries,
the company's cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including
Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic
Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular
sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda,
Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second
Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third
Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its
position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs
who design dishes exclusively for our guests.