I never understood the fuss about towel animals. In fact I have to admit that I thought they were a rather tasteless and unfortunate nod made to please cruise passengers that lacked refinement and taste. I never imagined that I would become one of those who would be easily pleased by a bit of towel and face cloth manipulation. However I was converted by my ever cheerful cabin attendants (Mono and Otto) through the amusing and cheeky creation they left each night in my cabin when they set it up for the evening.
I finally got the point of towel animals on this trip. They are not just mind staggeringly clever – but they bring a smile to your face each evening. They are a fun treat to end the day. Some evenings they were so impressive, like “Mr Cheeky Monkey” above, that my fellow passengers would hurry out into the passageway to check if their next door neighbours had received the same surprise. I tried to store them up each evening by carefully placing them somewhere in my room to admire – while trying to resisting the temptation to give them names. But they would be swept away in the morning and the towels neatly stored until they were transformed into something new that evening. Destroying them felt almost heartless as each of them had a character and it seemed almost cruel. It was hard to see them as just inanimate towels. It seemed a real shame that they were dismantled as they looked like they took a lot of work to create and I would have happily let them “live” a few days more.
My admiration grew when I discovered the book “Holland America Towel Creations” that you can buy on board on how to make them. They looked even harder to make than I imagined they would be. I had to admire Mono and Otto’s talents even more after paging through the book.
I posted a few photos of them on Facebook while on the trip and discovered that my new guilty pleasure was one shared by many. So this is a celebration of my new found liking of towel animals….
Declaration: I travelled as a guest of Holland America Cruises on their MS Nieuw Amsterdam ship on a 7 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona visiting Naples, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/ Pisa), and Toulon. Holland America are a Premium Cruise line with Dutch origins dating back to 1873.