Cruise ship company Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed that it’s making a major change. In a bid to make their fleet more sustainable, NCL cruises are eliminating towel animals from some of the ships. Towel animals have come to be much beloved by regular cruisers who enjoy returning to their cabins to see what inventive critter awaits them. Creative staff can conjure up an entire menagerie, from swans to crocodiles to elephants thanks to clever towel origami.
Often the creatures will sport items belonging to the passengers themselves – a hat posed at a jaunty angle on a monkey or a pair of sunglasses perched on a rabbit.
But no more; this signature turn down service comes at a cost to the environment.
Just like Noah’s Ark, each animal comes by two – they require a pair of towels to create, both of which will need to be washed, whether they’ve been used or not.
Cruise Critic reported the change is part of its mission to be “a responsible corporate citizen” by using fewer resources to clean the towels.
NCL said in a statement: “We are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen by fostering a culture of awareness and respect for our world’s resources.
”Our mission is to continually improve our sustainability culture through fresh innovation, progressive education and open collaboration.
“As such, from time to time, we explore opportunities to expand our efforts. In this instance, we are assessing the impact of reducing the number of towel animals we showcase aboard a few of our ships.”
The news that the towel animals will no longer be a staple of cruises may sadden cruise fans.
Luckily, those who are particularly attached to the zoological additions don’t need to mourn.
The cruise line will still provide the creature creations upon special request.
“We understand that many of our guests enjoy them as part of the experience of cruising with us, so towel animals remain available upon request,” Norwegian said.
A former ship officer has explained the horrible truth about certain cruise ship cabins in his book.
Jay Herring explained in The Truth About Cruise Ships that the vibrations from the engine were so bad in one cabin that it made him ill.
“Everything rattled in my cabin and I started stuffing socks in between the problem areas… I kept my desk clear of noisemaking pencils and pens and coins
Along with the vibration, there was a loud grumbling noise. It was like a bad rap song with deep bass tones that I could feel in my chest. It gave me headaches.
He added: “The volume in my cabin was too loud to be white noise and I couldn’t ignore it until I came up with the idea of sleeping with earplugs. I slept with them every night on the ship and now I never leave home without them.”
Passengers looking to avoid being bothered by cruise ship engine noises should steer clear of cabins on the lower deck, CruiseCritic recommended.