In service since 1996, the former Galaxy has been exposed to harsh sea salt and exhaust fumes as well as general dirt for 14 years resulting in stained and corroded glass, reducing visibility, safety and passenger satisfaction.
To carry out the glass renovation TUI called in Ritec Marine Services, specialists in glass renovation, protection and maintenance for cruise ships and super-yachts, to renovate around 1,800sq mtr of interior and exterior glass with ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ Glass, including cabin windows, balcony doors and on the bridge.
Ritec completed the work in stages during scheduled stops on one of the ship’s recent cruises in the West Med.
Mein Schiff staff captain Jan Rautawaara said: ‘Ritec Marine Services removed all the existing contamination from the glass so it looked as good as new and then protected it with ClearShield, converting it to Non-Stick Glass. Proper maintenance is equally essential to keep the windows in a good shape. The glass is now easier to clean, saving us precious water, manpower and time. The glass is also easier to see out of, benefiting both passengers and crew.’