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Slideshow: 16 of the Best Cruise Ship Towel Animals

May 21, 2010
(3:30 p.m. EDT) -- What's secretly handcrafted each night in your cabin by a skilled artisan, and looks like a monkey wearing your sunglasses one day, a manta ray holding the TV remote another and an angry spider eating pillow chocolates the next?

If you guessed "towel animal," you've been on a cruise before -- or have at least spent a lot of time here on Cruise Critic.

Towel animals, left behind by room stewards during turndown service, are one of cruise travel's longest-standing traditions (the towel dodo bird reportedly made an appearance on the Titanic). And it's clear that cruisers have a profound love affair with these creatures. How do we know? We asked you to submit your best towel creation photos and you answered the call -- dozens of readers provided pictures of once-utilitarian towels tightly twisted into works of art.

Get wrapped up in our reader-submitted towel animal gallery -- including a monkey reading on the toilet and a creepy humanoid covered in bandages watching TV -- and post your favorites on Cruise Critic's Facebook page.

--by Dan Askin, Senior Editor

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