There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh ocean breezes – especially on the open seas. And when you travel on a luxury cruise liner, you can happily breath it in your whole trip.
However, to ensure that what you are breathing in is indeed clean-smelling, cruise liner companies employ massive cleaning teams to help eradicate the odors that can build up during those long days and weeks out at sea.
Just the sheer size alone of an ocean cruiser combined with the amount of people on-board can cause significant odor problems. Last year, more than 17 million passengers took a North American cruise, up from seven million in 2000, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
A main challenge for the industry is when a cruise boat returns to shore after a passenger-packed voyage. In order to make sure the ship is not docked for too long, but can get back out to the open seas and remain profitable, a quick turnaround time is needed. This usually happens in a 12 hour time frame and is aptly named “turnaround day”.
A ship can offload many thousands of people, take on new supplies and then welcome many thousands of new travelers in that time. But how can a cruise line’s odor management strategy ensure foul odors are eliminated in such a short amount of time?
It’s not easy. Workers must be efficient, and any delays could cost the cruise brand millions of dollars. When you only have a short amount of time, simply spraying a deodorizer in the air will not work.
What does work though is Fresh Wave IAQ’s mobile M130 Vapor Phase Units, which offers a “dry” dispersion system for efficient and safe application of Fresh Wave IAQ Air & Surface odor eliminator. The odor eliminator is based on a proprietary blend of natural ingredients including water, lime, pine needles, aniseed, clove and cedarwood, which is environmentally-friendly and safe to use.
By rolling in the mobile M130 and plugging it in, the cleaning crew can easily tend to all of the other needs within the rooms and public areas while odor elimination is at work.
In addition, as the M130 is much safer to use than traditional ozone machines – which are commonly used on cruise ships — there is no need to keep the various cabins and public areas evacuated during the treatment. In fact, when it comes to ozone machines, the EPA has found them to be highly harmful because ozone can cause chest pains, coughing, shortness of breath, and, throat irritation.
By using the M130 with Fresh Wave IAQ Air & Surface Liquid, cruise companies can keep their cleaning staff highly productive in order to meet the “turnaround day” requirements. More important, it allows cruise ships to maintain safe, odor-free environments for their employees and guests.