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Amsterdam is currently being inspected.

No word yet on the score.

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Yes, PLEASE let us know!  I will board her in three days!

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Do they normally give them the score the same day as the inspection, and is it made public on the CDC website (or elsewhere) immediately?

 

~Nancy

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2 minutes ago, Av8rix said:

Yes, PLEASE let us know!  I will board her in three days!

 

Me, too.  Hoping for an excellent report.

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Does anyone know if any ship in the HAL fleet has ever received a poor/failing score?  Don't they usually score in the 96-100% range?  If someone knows, let us know.  Thanks.  

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Is it common for a USPHS inspection to take place at a port of call? When I've heard about them it has been at the embarkation port.

 

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12 minutes ago, kochleffel said:

 

 

Oops.....Duplicate.

Edited by oakridger
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16 minutes ago, sevenseasnomad said:

Does anyone know if any ship in the HAL fleet has ever received a poor/failing score?  Don't they usually score in the 96-100% range?  If someone knows, let us know.  Thanks.  

 

https://wwwn.cdc.gov/InspectionQueryTool/InspectionSearch.aspx

The above link has all the scores/reports/corrective action reports for all the ships.  Very interesting reading!

 

~Nancy

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20 minutes ago, kochleffel said:

Is it common for a USPHS inspection to take place at a port of call? When I've heard about them it has been at the embarkation port.

 

USPHS can board at any US port,  as can the Coast Guard.  I worked on expedition ships for 5 years and there was nothing more stressful than a USPHS inspection 

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It looks like the Amsterdam was inspected just last month and got a score of 90.  Maybe it is a corrective inspection. 
Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score      
Amsterdam Holland America Line 7/8/2019 90 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score      
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59 minutes ago, sevenseasnomad said:

Does anyone know if any ship in the HAL fleet has ever received a poor/failing score?  Don't they usually score in the 96-100% range?  If someone knows, let us know.  Thanks.  

Veendam failed in 2012. We were embarking in NYC en route to Bermuda and delayed boarding for hours because they wouldn’t let her sail until some issues corrected.

 

It was a terrible cruise, almost a mutiny, and I’ll never sail her again. 

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1 hour ago, Av8rix said:

Yes, PLEASE let us know!  I will board her in three days!

Me too!

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5 hours ago, Gail & Marty sailing away said:

They have a great crew who work very hard like all Holland ships. From the Hotel director down.😀

Agree 100%.  Best HAL crew after 25 cruises for us.

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6 hours ago, Gail & Marty sailing away said:

They have a great crew who work very hard like all Holland ships. From the Hotel director down.😀

Couldn't agree more.  

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Only one HAL ship -- Veendam in 2012 as noted above -- has failed since 2001.

Here is the list of fails:

Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score      
Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 10/17/2015 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
AIDAVITA Aida Cruises 12/22/2016 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Albatross Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 2/8/2010 69 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Amadea Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 11/12/2012 63 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Amadea Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 4/4/2008 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Artania Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 10/9/2012 76 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Balmoral Fred Olsen Cruise Line 9/20/2014 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Bremen Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Gmbh 8/6/2013 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Bremen Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Gmbh 6/20/2013 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/10/2017 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 4/27/2001 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 7/18/2019 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/17/2004 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Fascination Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/16/2016 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Fascination Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 2/21/2013 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 4/23/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/14/2006 71 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Liberty Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 1/4/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Paradise Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 6/15/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Pride Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 8/15/2004 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Sunrise Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 11/11/2017 78 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Victory Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/5/2004 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Victory Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 1/28/2001 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Carnival Vista Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/2/2017 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Cruises 12/3/2008 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises 1/19/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Club Med 2 Club Med Marine 12/15/2014 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Club Med 2 Club Med Marine 4/2/2009 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Crown Princess Princess Cruises 4/8/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Empress of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 6/3/2016 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Golden Princess Princess Cruises 2/7/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 1/10/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 6/22/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 6/13/2015 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grande Caribe Blount Small Ship Adventures 8/22/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grande Caribe Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/28/2012 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grande Mariner Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/18/2012 75 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Grande Mariner Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/15/2003 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 3/19/2018 78 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 12/27/2017 61 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 7/28/2017 58 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Le Boreal Compagnie Du Ponant SA 10/6/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 7/3/2019 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
MS Grand Classica Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 7/24/2019 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
MSC Lirica MSC Cruises 5/4/2004 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
National Geographic Sea Bird Lindblad Expeditions 6/4/2006 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
National Geographic Sea Lion Lindblad Expeditions 5/25/2004 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Lines 3/10/2019 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Cruise Lines 6/16/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Norwegian Star Norwegian Cruise Lines 2/16/2014 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Ocean Dream Maritime Holdings Group 7/13/2018 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Ocean Dream Maritime Holdings Group 11/11/2017 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Oceana P&O Cruises 3/1/2016 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Oceania Insignia Oceania Cruises 12/17/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Oceania Regatta Oceania Cruises 4/14/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Oceania Sirena Oceania Cruises 12/15/2017 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Pacific Venus Japan Cruise Line, Inc 2/13/2017 76 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Pacific Venus Japan Cruise Line, Inc 6/30/2004 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Pearl Mist V. Ships Leisure U.S.A. 9/10/2014 74 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Pearl Mist V. Ships Leisure U.S.A. 7/15/2014 61 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 6/10/2011 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 9/9/2018 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 5/25/2014 68 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 6/16/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 4/19/2014 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 9/6/2003 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 5/26/2001 68 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seadream I Sea Dream Yacht Club 1/18/2014 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 1/20/2013 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 2/23/2002 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 2/4/2002 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seven Seas Mariner Regent Seven Seas 8/1/2001 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Seven Seas Navigator Regent Seven Seas 6/16/2013 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Silver Discoverer Silversea Cruises Ltd 7/19/2014 75 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Silver Shadow Silversea Cruises Ltd 4/16/2015 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Silver Shadow Silversea Cruises Ltd 6/17/2013 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Silver Spirit Silversea Cruises Ltd 2/15/2019 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Silver Wind Silversea Cruises Ltd 3/18/2018 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Stad Amsterdam Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam 3/29/2007 56 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Stad Amsterdam Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam 4/8/2006 62 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Veendam Holland America Line 8/19/2012 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Victory I Victory I Partners, Ltd., c/o Cruise Mgmt Intl Inc 6/12/2017 78 All Scores Report Corre

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... and here, just FYI, is the list of most recent HAL inspections.

 

Note that anything below 86 is a fail, so low 90s are cause for concern.

 

Thus it's no surprise that Amsterdam is being re-inspected given the 90 it received a month ago.

 

You can see and screen for various searches on the CDC

 

Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score      
Amsterdam Holland America Line 7/8/2019 90 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Eurodam Holland America Line 10/21/2018 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Koningsdam Holland America Line 1/23/2019 99 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Maasdam Holland America Line 8/25/2018 93 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line 6/17/2019 100 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Nieuw Statendam Holland America Line 4/7/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Noordam Holland America Line 7/4/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Oosterdam Holland America Line 7/7/2019 95 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Prinsendam Holland America Line 3/25/2019 91 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Rotterdam Holland America Line 2/14/2019 94 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Veendam Holland America Line 3/26/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Volendam Holland America Line 5/31/2019 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Westerdam Holland America Line 7/3/2019 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Zaandam Holland America Line 6/22/2018 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report
Zuiderdam Holland America Line 11/25/2018 97 All Scores Report Corrective Report

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Please note that the Veendam only failed once on 2012 with a score of 77 (passing is 85) and all others scores for the last twenty three years have been in the nineties or perfect .

 

As someone who has had to evaluate inspection reports for the validity and severity of the observations (yes, FDA,  which is the inspecting agency for this program), I can tell you reading the report for the 2012 failed inspection did cause some eye rolls on my part (and probably also among the onboard crew and officers).

 

Based on past experience, the person doing the inspection was probably new to the program (and if a PHS officer newly assigned to FDA with no prior inspection training or experience) and had not yet develop either ability or the commonsense to discern what is important and needs to be a written  violation.

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19 hours ago, Donald said:

Amsterdam is currently being inspected.

No word yet on the score.

LOL - of course one can post the results of the inspection as a poster once did about the Rotterdam failing an 2018 inspection in Key West.

 

The poster's source for the information was a port security guy (non- HAL employee) who heard it from the friend of a crew member.

 

When the results were published after the usual several month delay, the Rotterdam had not failed and was not close to failing.

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25 minutes ago, Homosassa said:

When the results were published after the usual several month delay,

Amsterdam's score of 90 from July 8, was posted far sooner than your claim of "several month delay" and, at least in my opinion, the report makes seriously unappetizing reading. I doubt HAL would want it distributed with the menus in the main dining room even if the company's cheerleaders were hanging about trying to dismiss it.

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1 hour ago, Homosassa said:

Please note that the Veendam only failed once on 2012 with a score of 77 (passing is 85) and all others scores for the last twenty three years have been in the nineties or perfect .

 

As someone who has had to evaluate inspection reports for the validity and severity of the observations (yes, FDA,  which is the inspecting agency for this program), I can tell you reading the report for the 2012 failed inspection did cause some eye rolls on my part (and probably also among the onboard crew and officers).

 

Based on past experience, the person doing the inspection was probably new to the program (and if a PHS officer newly assigned to FDA with no prior inspection training or experience) and had not yet develop either ability or the commonsense to discern what is important and needs to be a written  violation.

FDA inspects airplanes, trains, and buses in the USA. They also inspect American flag cruise ships (the very few that still exist).

They are not allowed to inspect foreign flag cruise ships.

That responsibility goes to a sister organization - The United States Public Health Service - USPH.

USPH has a slightly different and more stringent set of rules and regulations about health and cleanliness than their colleagues at FDA.

 

Years ago I was working an an American Flag cruise ship in Hawaii. FDA came aboard for their annual inspection. They asked me if we were following the VSP Manual (Vessel Sanitation Program of the USPH). I showed them my copy of the VSP Manual. They admitted that they were not familiar with the manual, but urged me to continue following the VSP guidelines. I tried discussing some of the finer points of the VSP manual with them, but they were unwilling to get into it.

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