Towels are for drying yourself off with right? Usually the answer to that is yes, but on a cruise ship towels sometimes have other purposes. Stateroom stewards on cruise ships skillfully fold the towels…into animals.
Cruise ship passengers all over the globe delight in the towel animals found on their beds each night of their cruise. Often the ships have a towel animal folding session where passengers have different levels of success in folding an animal, and may or may not remember how when they get home. Towel animals are loved the world over, their popularity obvious in the number of people coming to my blog for towel animal folding instructions.
Recently Carnival has gone a step beyond towel animal folding to entertain passengers with these adorable creations. Passengers on some Carnival ships can now attend Towel Animal Theater. This adorable program is a must when traveling with small children, and very cute to see even if you’re not. My 3 and 5 year old grandchildren absolutely loved it when sailing on the Legend with Carnival Australia and nobody there said not to take pictures so we did.
Enter the show room to find a little mini-stage puppet show theater set up on the stage. Children are invited to sit up on stage in front of the tiny theater, which even has its own curtains. The show includes a quartet of popular towel animals in puppet form, and a supporting cast of actual towel animals on sticks. On the Splendor’s behind the fun tour we met a crew member who identified herself as a towel animal wrangler as she clipped loose threads from a rabbit.
The main theme of the show centers around what towel animals do when the passengers leave the room. Because of course when people are in there they do nothing. Much like the cast of toys in Toy Story, these towel animals come to life in their theater when they think they are alone. Then they wonder what to do when they realize they are not and it is too late to do nothing because the theater audience already saw them move.
The towel animal puppets decide to put on a show of their own, and so they do. Each main character has their own song and dance number, accompanied by props. Meanwhile throughout the show some of them coax a shy one who feels untalented to find a number to perform.
The towel animal puppets put on a very cute show – theater in miniature.