View Full Version : Taking Ship Towels on Islands
July 4th, 2004, 06:27 AM
Are we allowed to take ship towels off the Zuiderdam even if we don't have an excursion booked?
July 4th, 2004, 08:47 AM
They have a bin of them when you get off the ship. Taking them is permitted and you return them to the same place when you reboard. It was great getting rid of those wet, sandy towels immediately upon boarding.
July 4th, 2004, 10:48 AM
We have taken them many times even though we haven't booked a ship's excursion. The towels are piled on a table (right next to where they sell bottled water) as you are ready to leave the ship. There isn't any way that they could check everyone to make certain that they are taking the ships' excursions.
And there is a bin in the same area where you can drop off those wet and sandy towels when you get back on the ship.
July 4th, 2004, 11:12 PM
Towels are offered to everyone as they leave the ship, it didn't seem to matter at all if you were on a ship's excursion.
July 5th, 2004, 06:07 AM
Vic The Parrot
July 12th, 2004, 02:29 PM
Last time I was on board a HAL ship (Statendam 1998), I was able to request beach towels from my cabin steward. He always had at least 2
waiting for me the night before arriving in port.
Ahhh, the good life on a HAL ship. :-D
July 12th, 2004, 04:08 PM
We took two towels leaving the NCL Sun for a NCL booked excursion. They take your name/number as you leave. Upon your return, you are issued a receipt. BY ALL MEANS KEEP THIS RECEIPT. After arriving home I noted a $50 misc charge on my bill. Calling NCL I found this was for two towels which they claimed I didn't return. I told them I had, but unless I could FAX them a copy of the receipt, the charge remained. The same ratty towels were available without checkout on the pool deck, and are picked up daily if left in your room. I should have lied and said the steward took them from my room. Based on the reviews and other comments I've heard about poor NCL practices I wonder if there's a staff bounty on such receipts! And the towels were crummy blue/white striped, no logo towels. What a rotten way to earn ill will from a (never again) client. I lost this dispute through formal correspondence even through the credit card company, now my goal is to make sure others don't pay for material they don't take.
July 12th, 2004, 05:19 PM
I think it is absurd to spend that kind of money running a bookkeeping system for towels. If cruise lines have problems with towels disappearing they should just discontinue loaning towels for exucursions and ask people to bring their own or purchase towels up front. Expecting you to keep track of receipts for extremely overpriced towels is not reasonable.
peaches from georgia
July 12th, 2004, 05:25 PM
John, this is not NCL; HAL just lets you take towels from the bin when you leave the ship and you are on the honor system to return them into the dirty-towel bin when you come back.