Saving Cruise Lines from Logistical Nightmares

posted by Matt Farley •

Luxury cruise ships are utterly amazing machines. Essentially floating cities, they offer every feature imaginable in order to keep customers floating in the utmost comfort and safety. While hundreds of staff keep everything moving, entertainment venues and relaxation amenities pamper customers with amazing new experiences. Oh, and the food! Cruise ships feature multiple dining options serving up 5-star cuisine from around the world. Each of these restaurants requires its own high-performance galley just like a landlocked fine dining establishment. Unlike those, however, a ship-based fine dining kitchen has extra special requirements for safety, productivity, and reliability at sea.

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Cruise ship galleys have extra design constrictions due to the nature of their clientele and environment. Cruise ships are huge and must prepare and serve a staggering amount of food to passengers and crew all throughout the day. But, due to the size constraints of the ship, the galleys must also be more compact and efficient than their counterparts on land. There are also rules about open flames since a fire onboard would have far more dire consequences than a fire in a normal restaurant. Marine environments are highly corrosive, and so marine galleys are constructed almost entirely from stainless steel. This material resists corrosion, is highly robust and is also easily sterilized to keep diners safe from contaminants. Finally, there is reliability. A ship’s galley needs to be reliable because it needs to keep passengers and crew fed. In the middle of the Atlantic, there isn’t anywhere else to go for a bite. Or spare parts. If a galley breaks down during a crossing, it could be days or even weeks before a replacement part and technician could be brought aboard.

Location, Location, Location

With all of these special design considerations, cruise ships need their galleys built and outfitted by an expert in marine galley technology and construction. But here lies another logistical problem. Most cruise ships are built in Europe but have routes that take them away from their home shipyards, often in the Caribbean and South Pacific. This means that if a major galley repair or refit is needed, they will need to return to Europe.

Luckily, Cospolich has the answer to this logistical problem with our decades of expertise, complete line of marine galley products, and cruise-line accessible location. Cospolich has been a leader in marine galley equipment for the past 80 years, exceeding the expectations of demanding clients such as the US Navy. Our galleys are completely customized to your requirements and can be precisely designed to fit in any onboard location. Best of all, we are US owned and operated. You can service and refit your galleys right here in the US, without the need to sail back to a European shipyard. To learn more about our customizable galley options for cruise ships, visit the Cospolich website.