I think that it’s a safe assumption on a website named DCL Fan that you and I are all Disney Cruise Line geeks. And as such, I wanted to share pictures with you that I had the chance to snap on a recent cruise. Ever wonder how the crew members clean the Atrium’s centerpiece chandelier? Let’s take a look and find out!

On our recent 4-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream, my hubby and I walked out of Royal Palace after enjoying breakfast when I saw a sight that I’d never seen: the Atrium chandelier was down at floor level! What?! I had never realized that the chandelier could be raised and lowered, thus allowing crew members to meticulously clean all of its parts and pieces while on (or near) the floor.

While the fixture was being cleaned, it was cordoned off with stanchions and an extra crew member was stationed just outside of the restaurant to keep a sharp eye on things. The center of the Atrium was covered with drop cloths, as was the grand piano and the ship’s bronze statue of Admiral Donald Duck. That crew member running a vacuum brush up the side of the chandelier while perched on a ladder? He deserves a trophy!

Here’s a close-up look at the electric pulley/winch system that allows the entire fixture to be raised and lowered.

One of the best parts of the whole shebang? There was one crew member who was carefully cleaning the inside of the chandelier, making sure that it was sparkling both inside and out. No detail missed, right?

If you have a cruise on the horizon, keep an eye out on a quiet port day to see if the atrium chandelier is being serviced. You just never know.

We Disney Cruise Line geeks always have room to learn new facts about how things are done aboard our favorite ships. What little known facts would you like to share? Please let us know in the comments!

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