Contributor Level: Admiral

What do you think about towel animals?

Do you look forward to them each night?  Feel bad about disassembling them?  Save them them until you have a zoo?  Wish the steward brought you more towels, instead, etcetra?

Tags: Towel animals

20 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

On our first ever cruise, we had no idea about towel animals until our first night on board. We returned to our cabin after our evening meal and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. It did become something to look forward to for the rest of the cruise in wondering what we would find on return to the cabin. Our steward was a lovely guy who seemed to delight in trying out different animals each evening and was always in the corridor almost waiting for us to see what he had left for us. To us, it was a delight, and consequently we left the steward a nice tip at the end of the cruise. We did save them all the week and took a few different photos of them. By now, we are aware of the practice but still keep them without dismantling them. I do wonder just how many towels the cruise ships carry

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Quaint idea, and why not if it makes the guest feel more welcome.  It also gets the guests trying to make their own.

Contributor Level: Captain

I hate to use those towels,   so I put them all on the window sill.   My favorite is the Monkey hanging from the ceiling wearing my sunglasses.


This was a pleasant surprise on our first cruise also. We do look forward to them now. Just a nice added touch.

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

They're fun. We usually keep them - our towel menagerie. I'm not sure what we'll do next time. We'll be on a 15-day cruise.

Contributor Level: Captain

I take a photo of each one each night.  I actually hate when I get a new steward that doesn't know how to make them.

Contributor Level: Captain

You know, I agree with all the nice things said about towel animals, we did enjoy them at one time. However, it has been a while since we were on a cruise where they did that. So, I can't recall on which line it was. Over the last year we have been on Princess four times and Regent once and I don't believe they did them on those voyages, maybe Regent. It was over a year and half ago when we were last on HAL. So maybe it was on HAL where the towel animals were last made for us.

Here is the problem I have with this though: Are they requiring the cabin stewards to make them for us? Regent would be no problem since in my opinion they don't over-work the cabin staff on that line, however, since we began cruising the demands upon the cabin crews have really increased, stewards do 20 cabins a day now, by themselves most of the time on the mass market lines. The typical crew to passenger ratio on HAL's ships is one crew to 2.2 passengers, on Princess it is 2.6 passengers and on a Regent ship it is 1.3 passengers, so it is easy to visualize a Regent steward making towel animals while taking care of considerably fewer staterooms.

Hey, they make those towel animals for our enjoyment, sorry to say this, but judging from their extreme workloads and looking at effort and time it took to do the animals makes me feel sad and that I'm taking over advantage of slave labor. Nope, let them do the job of cleaning the cabins and making our beds which they have a hard enough time of completing in the first place, these people are not human dynamos.      

Contributor Level: Admiral

I think that they are so cute.  I especially like when they add a hat, sunglasses or some other personal item of ours to the creation.


Contributor Level: Admiral

I think that they are cute, too.



Contributor Level: Captain


Same here.  Our last voyage was 28 days and not one of those nights did we get a towel animal visitor.



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