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Towel Folding – An Unusual Cruise Ship Activity

Towel Folding – Linen Origami!

Towel Folding is not something that I would associate with a Cruise Ship Activity.

Most people pay good money to do bugger all (this is Australian slang for ‘nothing’) as soon as they step on board.  Going on a Cruise Ship is a good excuse to detach from the daily grind that forced you to find a decent break from work in the first place.

However, Towel Folding is not something that immediately comes to mind as a Cruise Ship Activity.  I was thinking more of an unlimited bar tab and food.

However, if you have a passion for Towel Folding, there is a Cruise Ship that can accommodate this for you.

The name of the ship is Zuiderdam, which is pictured below.

The Zuiderdam does a number of cruises throughout Alaska throughout the tourist season.

Anyway, my oldies went on this Cruise Ship in Alaska last year, and spotted this bizarre series of Towels that were folded in all sorts of shapes and objects that appeared in their room each day.

Note, each day meant a new Towel Folding animal!  Here is the collection, which resembles a Chinese Horoscope:

Check it out!

Towel Folding Photos

The Dog

The Dragonfly

The Rabbit

The Seal (maybe?)

The Swan

While this collection of Towel Folding beasts is a tad offbeat, what’s even more bizarre is that the ship offers its guests courses on how to fold towels into these shapes.

That’s right, Towel Folding courses!

You can now bring these different Towel shapes back home with you and place them on your own bed!

I guess it’s something to stir that passion up!

More Towel Folding Stuff

If this post has awakened the Towel Folder within you, check out How to Make a Towel Monkey and other Cruise Ship Favorites.

Anyway, if you’re feeling inspired, enjoy practicing these Towel Folding manoeuvres for yourself!

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  1. May 7, 2010    

    My husband and I truly enjoyed the “towel origami” animals left on our bed each night on our recent Royal Caribbean cruise; the steward made a different one each night and often used my sunglasses to adorn them! They were very well done, truly clever, made us laugh, and we acually looked forward to coming back to our stateroom each night to find the “surprise”! Like kids would! We have an Inn, and I am considering doing it for our guests, too, because it was such a fun thing for us to find in our room!
    .-= Elisse´s last blog ..OMG! A "Journey"… to Israel! =-.

  2. Island Princess Cruises Island Princess Cruises
    May 31, 2010    

    The crew on the Island Princess did this for my wife and I on our honeymoon. We thought it was something special for us as we were obvioulsy newlyweds, and told everyone about it when we got home. I was really surprised when I came across your photos.

    It’s really great to know that there is still quirky humour out there. Whoever taught the crew to do this should be rewarded.
    .-= Island Princess Cruises´s last blog ..Watch the Island Princess Leave Port =-.

  3. June 17, 2010    

    Brings back memories of my last Carnival cruise. Each day we had a new critter sitting on our bed when we returned to our cabin

  4. June 22, 2010    

    Those are really neat and charming.

  5. June 29, 2010    

    I’ve been at a hotel in Japan that folded its towels into Prying Mantis. I don’t know how they did that, but it was really cool.

    Personally, I would love to learn how to fold towels even into one of the animals pictured above. My kids would love an occasional surprise before their bath. Nothing would make them smile more than a goofy looking rabbit or a seal. Just my 2 cents.

  6. July 13, 2010    

    I have been on a cruise or two that folds towels like this. It always brings a smile to the face and adds a little to the fun the cruise. And that is what it is suppose to do!



  7. July 22, 2010    

    These are really neat. I used to work for a hotel in Venice beach where we used to fold napkins into decorative shapes but nothing as creative as these. It’s all about the details; most hotel guest really appreciate this kind of stuff.

  8. October 28, 2010    

    I’ve done traditional origami for a long time, and on several cruises I’ve had fun leaving tips for my cabin steward folded up into origami animals. One steward rally got into the spirit of it and we had a week long contest seeing who could top the other’s animals. It was a blast!

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