Towel Animals from Carnival and Other Cruise Lines

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    Towel Animal Menagerie on the Carnival Breeze

    Towel animals by the pool on the Carnival Breeze cruise ship
    ••• Linda Garrison

    Cruise ship stewards on Carnival Cruises and other cruise lines decorate the cabins each evening with creative towel animals that delight cruise passengers (young and old alike) and always bring a smile. As noted in the photo above, not all the animals are relegated to the cabins. These towel creations adorned the pool area on the Carnival Breeze. The crew went wild and decorated the pool deck and chairs with a whole zoo of towel animals. I love the big blue guy (a shark) on the lounge chair, don't you? I think I've seen him on other cruises.

    These towel animals have been so popular that you can buy a ​book on Amazon on how to make cabin towel animals. Carnival Cruise Lines also has a book on creating towel animals, and it's for sale on Carnival's Website.

    The rest of this photo gallery are towel animals from cruise ships around the world. Most people love for these creatures to provide a smile before they go to bed.

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Rabbit

    Carnival Towel Animal - A Rabbit
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This towel animal was the first we had on the Carnival Liberty. I think it's a rabbit.

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Swan

    Carnival Towel Animal - Swan
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

     A swan (or sometimes a pair of swans) is one of my favorite towel animals seen on my cruise ship cabin bed.

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Elephant

    Carnival Towel Animal - Elephant
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Sometimes cabin stewards incorporate things they find in the cabin (like sunglasses) into their towel animal creations.  

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Seal

    Carnival Towel Animal - Seal
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This one takes a little imagination, but it's supposed to be a seal. I bet seals basking on the rocks of the bay wish they had their own sunglasses to wear sometimes!

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Turkey

    Carnival Towel Animal - Turkey
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

     This turkey looks a little thin for Thanksgiving dinner!

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Is It an Iguana?

    Carnival Towel Animal - Is It a Cat or an Iguana?
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This sunglass-wearing iguana is almost as creepy as the live ones seen all over some Caribbean islands.

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Puppy Dog

    Carnival Towel Animal - A Puppy Dog
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The iguana in the previous photo was a little creepy, but this puppy is delightful! 

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Anteater

    Carnival Towel Animal - Anteater
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

     This anteater took a lot of work, but it's very cute.

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    Carnival Towel Animal - Monkey

    Carnival Towel Animal - Monkey
    ••• Carnival Towel Animal Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Not all towel animals are found on the bed. The cabin stewards often hang monkeys somewhere in the cabin. I've been scared by a couple. 

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    Carnival Towel Animals - Towel Dog

    Carnival Towel Animals - Towel Dog
    ••• Towel Animal Photo (c) Meg

    Meg took this Carnival towel animal photo on the Carnival Conquest.

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    Carnival Towel Animals - Lobster

    Carnival Towel Animals - Lobster
    ••• Towel Animal Photo (c) Meg

    Meg took this Carnival towel animal photo on the Carnival Conquest.

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    Carnival Towel Animals - Towel Swan

    Carnival Towel Animals - Towel Swan
    ••• Towel Animal Photo (c) Meg

    Meg took this Carnival towel animal photo on the Carnival Conquest.

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    Towel Swans at Villas Nicolas Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

    Towel Swans at Villas Nicolas Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
    ••• Towel Animal Photo (c) Jody Smith Williams

    These two romantic swan towel animals are not from a Carnival cruise ship, they are from the Villas Nicolas Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

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    Elegant Elephant Towel Animal

    Elegant Elephant Towel Animal
    ••• Towel Animal Picture (c) Sheila
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    StingRay Charles Towel Animal

    StingRay Charles Towel Animal
    ••• Cruise Ship Towel Animal (c) Sheila

    Sheila took this photo of a towel stingray and named him Sting-Ray-Charles. 

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    Carnival Towel Animal Alligator

    Carnival Towel Animal Alligator
    ••• Photo Courtesy of Debbie Jones

    A beach towel was used to create this towel-gator. It's one of my favorites.

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    Holland America Westerdam Towel Monkey

    Towel Monkey on the Holland America Westerdam
    ••• Photo Courtesy of Barbara Crews, the About.com Guide to Collectibles

    Carnival doesn't have the monopoly on towel animals. This monkey photo by Barbara is from the HAL Westerdam.

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    Towel Dog with Sunglasses

    Towel Dog
    ••• Towel Dog Photo Courtesy of Michael

     Sunglasses are a popular accessory for towel animals, just like they are a popular accessory for cruise travelers.

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    Towel Dog with Sunglasses

    Towel Dog
    ••• Towel Dog Photo Courtesy of Michael

     From the side, this towel dog looks very complex.

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    Towel Monkey

    Towel Monkey
    ••• Towel Monkey Photo Courtesy of Michael

     Hangars can be used for more than hanging clothes in a cruise ship cabin. They can also be used to hang monkeys.

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    Towel Animals take over the Pool Deck Lounge Chairs on the Carnival Breeze

    Towel animals on the Carnival Breeze pool deck
    ••• Linda Garrison

    On a busy cruise ship, guests have to get up early to claim a lounge chair on the pool deck. One morning on the Carnival Breeze cruise ship, guests found that the chairs were already claimed by dozens of different towel animals. Towel animals often greet guests back to their cabins in the evening after dinner, always providing a smile. These lucky cruisers got to start their day with a whole zoo of towel animals on the pool deck.