Meet Ida (pronounced E-da), head of laundry services for the beautiful Carnival Breeze. He manages ALL the laundry and linens for both guests and crew on every cruise, and he is busy every day…especially on embarkation day, because that is when the “old” guests get off and sheets/towels have to be washed before the new folks arrive.
These huge dryers holds 240 pounds of laundry…each! There were several of them. The dryers are run by the hot exhaust from the massive ship engines. Everything possible gets used and/or recycled.
How’d you like to to wash and fold even ONE load a day?! These make my normal laundry pretty insignificant.
I was fascinated by the machines that handled all the sheets. To begin with, a long, narrow canvas basket thingy with a spring loaded bottom holds the wet sheets lengthwise before they are fed by two guys, lengthwise, straight onto the conveyor belts of another big machine. This machine first begins drying the sheets, and therefore ironing them, as they are fed continuously onto more conveyor belts through more machines…where they wind up being folded in half, then folded again and again until they are plopped out (a definite laundry term) onto a small table. This is when they are touched by another human, picked up, and stacked on a different table in groups of 10 sheets. Always 10. Then they are stacked up and sent to the cabin stewards.
Of course before the sheets go into the machine, it is programmed according to sheet size, since they have two sizes. That is step 1.
There is a separate room for dry cleaning, which is a different type of dry cleaning than is done on land. This all has to be environmentally safe, as well as using special laundry detergent for the washing. Everything is highly monitored and controlled.
We love being Platinum cruisers with Carnival because we get FREE laundry done. That totally rocks!
My iddy bitty machine is washing a piddily load right now.
Have you gotten your laundry done today? No complaining!