Towel Animal Theater

cruise ship at the dock

Carnival Legend in Melbourne

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.

towels folded into an animal

towel elephant in the stateroom

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.

entertaining kids on a cruise

Kids waiting for the curtain on the towel animal theater to open

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.

towel animal puppets

towel animal puppets on stage

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.

kids love bubbles

Much to the delight of the children, bubbles filled the stage at the end of the show

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.

kids like bubbles

Hannah and Daniel enjoy the bubbles at the end of the show

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.

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10 Responses to Towel Animal Theater

  1. Ralph says:

    What a great idea. I bet the kids loved the show 😀

  2. LaVagabonde says:

    So cute. I’m far from being a kid, but I’d totally enjoy watching this/

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    That a great idea … especially for kids … then again, maybe they could have an adult version story.

    • It’s a pretty new thing now, but as more people see it maybe they will come up with some different stories. Not likely they’d have one specifically for adults with the towel animals though.

  4. I think that towel animal puppet theater is a brilliant idea. It sounds delightful. When I was a kid, I was a HUGE fan of Topo Gigio, the Italian Mouse on Ed Sullivan. As a kid on a cruise ship, I would be the type who would want to attend the towel animal theater every day. Maybe even as an adult.

  5. chris says:

    Looks like a fun show. Justin would probably have a good time too and he does like getting on stage.

    • Unfortunately we missed that show the week he was there. John and I discovered it the following week after Tina and Justin left. On the Legend we specifically looked for it after having found it on the Splendor.

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