Cruise passenger astounded when she returns to this weird & shocking sight in ship cabin

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.


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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.

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.


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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. has contacted Royal Caribbean for further comment on the photo.

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