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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.