Holland America Line’s (HAL) Eurodam continues to raise the bar for cruise ships visiting the US by earning 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 run of perfect scores is a record in both the cruise industry and company history.
Eurodam’s unannounced USPH inspection was held Jan. 14 during a turnaround at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale at the start of a seven-day Caribbean cruise. The perfect score follows on the heels of sister ship Koningsdam achieving a perfect score on its first USPH inspection in December.
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 US 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.