Norwegian Cruise Line to no longer provide towel animals during test of new policy

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No longer will origami towel swans nestled delicately on your bed greet you after a long day spent on the ship deck — unless you ask for them.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it is testing cutting back on its daily practice of automatically making animal shapes out of bath towels as a way to conserve resources as the cotton creatures must be washed every day, whether a guest has used them or not.


“We are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen by fostering a culture of awareness and respect for our world’s resources. Our mission is to continually improve our sustainability culture through fresh innovation, progressive education and open collaboration. As such, from time to time we explore opportunities to expand our efforts. In this instance, we are assessing the impact of reducing the number of towel animals we showcase aboard a few of our ships,” a spokesperson for Norwegian told Fox News in a statement.

However, those who can’t get enough of the folded towel creations have the option to request them.

“We understand that many of our guests enjoy them as part of the experience of cruising with us so towel animals remain available upon request,” the statement continued.

The towel animals have proven popular with guests and typically come in a variety of animals: elephants, koala bears, swans, alligators, primates and scorpions.

The new practice is only being tested on a few ships, and won’t affect all passengers cruising on Norwegian lines.