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Inefficient onboard management is at fault for the dozens of violations that were discovered during a surprise inspection. The Veendam ship is only one of three major ships to fail an inspection in the past three years.

Dirty ice machines. Malfunctioning refrigerators and dishwashers. Flies in areas where food is prepared and stored.


Dirty water leaked onto passengers’ dishes onboard the Holland America Veendam.

It’s just the tip of the iceberg in a long list of sanitary problems that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspectors discovered last month on Holland America’s Veendam.

In what is a rare occurrence for modern day cruise ships, the health agency failed the 1,350-passenger vessel during the surprise inspection, which took place on Aug. 19.


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