Cruise: One family enjoying a cruise with Royal Caribbean were faced with a rather unusual sight
Cruise ship passengers all stay in cabins during the length of their stay onboard the vessel. Just like in a hotel, these rooms are cleaned regularly by crew. Cabin cleaning on cruises isn’t just about making everything spick and span, however.
There’s an unusual tradition onboard cruise ships (as well as certain hotels) for crew to conjure up towel animals.
These are often left around the cabin to surprise and charm passengers when they return to their cabin.
Elephants are a very common towel animal, although all manner of critters have been spotted in the hospitality industry over the years.
One family enjoying a cruise with Royal Caribbean were faced with a particularly unusual towel animal.
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Cruise: In the photo, crew have perched an unidentifiable animal on the toilet seat
It sits with its ‘legs’ resting over the edge of the seat and is propped up by a rolled-up towel behind to make sure it doesn’t topple into the bowl.
To add to the humour of this bizarre spectacle, the critter is holding a copy of the cruise ship’s newspaper.
It looks very much as though the animal is reading the piece of paper as it does its business on the toilet.
Comedy is further added thanks to the placement of googly eyes atop its face.
Cruise: The critter is holding a copy of the cruise ship’s newspaper
The photo was shared on Twitter by account @team_daddy.
It was accompanied by the caption: “My sister on holiday with the kids, they had a few cute ‘towel animals’ left on the bed during the week but just came back to this.”
The image has attracted plenty of attention online with others sharing their own weird animals they’ve come across during their travels.
Some Twitter users speculated that the animal is meant to be the strange, penguin-like creature protagonist of The Doubtful Guest by author Edward Gorey.
Many heaped praise on the creativity of the Royal Caribbean crew.
“That is awesome,” one wrote. “This deserves a massive tip!” another added.
A third quipped: “A little privacy is the norm during a towel movement.”
Others were more sceptical. “They have too much time on their hands if they were able to make this,” a Twitter user posted.
Express.co.uk has contacted Royal Caribbean for further comment on the photo.
Last year, in a bid to make their fleet more sustainable, Norwegian Cruise Line eliminated towel animals from some of their ships.
The creative critters required a pair of towels to create, both of which needed to be washed, whether they’d been used or not.
The change was part of Norwegian’s mission to be “a responsible corporate citizen” by using fewer resources to clean the towels.