Top Ten Cruise Ship Towel Animals

Towel animals are one of the longest-standing cruise ship traditions there is, creatively maintained by the on board housekeeping crew whilst you’re off exploring the current port of call. Sometimes they’re astonishingly accurate animals crafted out of nothing more than a single white bath towel and sometimes they’re a bizarre combination of towels, sunglasses and anything else you might have left lying around, used to create an animal that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Unknown cruise ship towel animal on board Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
Unknown cruise ship towel animal on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas via Flickr, Nathanmac87 / CC 2.0

Either way, the result is always funny, impressive and photo-worthy. If you haven’t been lucky enough to see towel animals first hand or simply want to reminisce about your last cruise whilst waiting for your next, take a look at these top ten cruise ship towel animals.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals

Octopus

Although it’s fairly easy to make, the towel octopus is quite a rarity to see on board.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Octopus
Octopus via Flickr, Mirandala / CC 2.0

Squid

Another one from the sea collection that’s pretty easy to make, but comes out great. We love the addition of the paper eyes!

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Squid
Squid via Flickr, Leslie Veen / CC 2.0

Loved-up swans

If you travel on the Nowegian Jade, you might be welcomed into your cabin by these two cosy love birds.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Loved-up swans
Loved-up swans on the Norwegian Jade via Flickr, Boyd Dwyer / CC 2.0

Monkey

The monkey is one of the most common towel animals, but watch out for him. He’s normally hung on a hanger just inside your door waiting to give you a shock!

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Monkey via Flickr, Taryn CC 2.0
Monkey via Flickr, Taryn / CC 2.0

Dinosaur

What species of dinosaur, we’re not really sure. But we still love this pre-historic towel creation!

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Dinosaur
Dinosaur via Flickr, Slgckgc / CC 2.0

Peacock or turkey

Is it a peacock or is it a turkey? No one knows! But it doesn’t really matter because this towel bird is a true piece of art!

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Peacock or turkey
Peacock or turkey on board the Disney Wonder via Flickr, Ryan Dingman / CC 2.0

Elephant

If you go on a cruise, you’re almost guaranteed to spot the iconic towel elephant. And if you’re lucky, it might just have chocolates for eyes, too.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Elephant
Elephant via Flickr, Hilary Mason / CC 2.0

Scorpion

Here’s a warning to all first-time cruisers – if you leave your sunglasses behind in your cabin, they’re bound to be used to make a towel animal like this scorpion!

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Scorpion
Scorpion on the Disney Magic via Flickr, Ryan Dingman / CC 2.0

Rabbit

Cruise on Carnival’s Sunshine and chances are you’ll find this cute towel rabbit lounging on your bed in your cabin.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Rabbit
Rabbit on the Carnival Sunshine via Flickr, Kim / CC 2.0

Frog

This frog has got to be one of the most impressive cruise ship towel animals ever. We can’t even begin to imagine how the turndown crew make it! If you want to create a masterpiece like this, you’ll need to sign up for a towel animal workshop on the Disney Wonder.

Top 10 Cruise Ship Towel Animals: Frog
Frog on the Disney Wonder via Flickr, Ryan Dingman / CC 2.0

What were the best cruise ship towel animals you’ve ever seen? Leave us a comment below – we’d love to know!

About Nicola Quinn

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Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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