Not satisfied with our own pictures and memories of these cabin-dwelling critters, we want to see the best towel friends that Aussie and Kiwi cruisers have come across during their travels. Send us your best images using the hashtag #towelfriends on our Cruise Sale Finder Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter. Read on to find out the origins of these spectacular terrycloth beings and take a look at the masterpieces found on cruise ships across Australia and New Zealand.
A history of towel friends
This suave bird knows what cruising is all about. He’s just kicking back with the schedule for tomorrow, to see whether any of the activities on offer sound appealing. Spotted by Kim on Explorer of the Seas.
Peeking out from behind a pillow, this adorable little fellow appears to have been fashioned from a flannel. Spotted by Leisa on the Pacific Aria.
There were many elephants among the towel friends posted on the Cruise Sale Finder facebook page, but this handsome fellow took the cake. He was spotted by Anne on the Pacific Pearl.
This enigmatic creature, possibly a dog, was spotted on the Zaandam by Ros during an Alaska cruise. Holland America’s signature pillow chocolates have been pressed into service as big, sparkly eyes.
A lotus flower is a tricky piece of towel origami, so it’s no wonder this engineering marvel is on display in a public area. This was spotted by Lisa on the Explorer of the Seas.
These towels are more than just friends, it’s safe to say. Emma spotted them during her honeymoon aboard the Pacific Dawn.
P&O’s distinctive stripy towels make an appearance with this towel friend. Whatever it is, it has an impressive snout and equally remarkable ears. Spotted by Alesha on the Pacific Pearl.
Occasionally, one towel friend isn’t enough. They might get lonely. Michelle spotted this menagerie during a port day on the Carnival Legend. The third one back from the front looks like he’s had a few too many cocktails.
Create your own
A towel friend you’ve made yourself isn’t quite the same as one you encounter after a fun day of cruising, but if you’re lonely without them between holidays, you too can master the art. Youtube is a good resource for this, and in fact there is an entire channel dedicated to it: TOWEL CREATION. Here is the tutorial for one of our favourites, a towel turtle friend.