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For years at sea these cute little “animals” have been a stock item you came to discover when you returned to your cabin at night after dinner and a show. But since sailing returned after COVID many cruise lines now have them as a thing of the past. Take for example Norwegian Cruise Lines who said:
“…We are assessing the impact of reducing the number of towel animals we showcase aboard a few of our ships. 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.” – From Norwegian Cruise Lines (bold mine)
First off, I like the fact that you can still request this service if you want it. If you have never seen them before I do suggest you request that your room steward provide them at least for a few of the nights at sea. I smile each time I come home and find one on my bed or somewhere in my cabin. Having said that, as now a very regular cruiser, I am mostly happy opting-out. Why?
Think of the savings on a ship with 2000, 3000+ passengers or a mega-ship with as many as 5000! A ton of water and cleaning solution can be saved each day that is not later dumped into the ocean as grey water.
Not just that but consider the massive time savings for those who work so hard in the bottom of the ship for us in the laundry! Additionally, your room steward will now have more time to focus on other things to make your voyage that much better.
I love the fact that Norwegian is thinking of ways to protect the environment where they can through their Sail & Sustain initiative. From ending plastic straws to plastic water bottles (they are now wax paper type) and more – each little bit does help and especially so when you multiply it over the entire fleet of ships.
What do you think about this change? Has the cruise line you frequent also made a similar change like Norwegian? Do you miss / like / care about towel animals in your cabin each night? Let us know! – René
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I do miss the towel animals but I understand that it takes lots of time and effort to make these cuties. The overworked stewards really don’t need yet another task like this. For those that have never cruised before, I like the suggestion of maybe twice or three times for newbies.
@Campuscoll – I also miss the folding classes as they seem to have gone away at the same time.