Do you bring your own beach towels on the cruise?

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#41
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I think checking towels in/out is very easy. My one recommendation, if you want to be one of the 1st groups off the ship at a port, is to get them the night before. Once the ship has docked the towel line at the pool can be pretty long.
#42
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Absolutely no way we'd bring our own!
So would NOT enjoy having to deal with wet and sometimes sandy beach towels.

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#43
Midlothian, VA, USA
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My cabinmate packed a beach towel for our recent Brilliance cruise and took it with her every day on shore excursions, even after it started getting funky...

But then came that excursion on a small boat, where she hung her trusty towel up somewhere on deck to dry. When it blew off, she got to wish it bon voyage as it gently floated away across the water.

After that, she was using ship's towels.

I'd hate to sacrifice precious suitcase space for a towel I wouldn't want to use after a few days of it soaking up seawater and sunscreen.
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#44
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Originally posted by mek
I think the best thing to use on the beach is a queen size sheet. It's large, cool on the skin, dries quickly, and doesn't take up much room in a suitcase or beach bag.
This is what we use when we go to the beaches at home! I agree that it works great!
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#45
North Canton, OH USA
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Originally posted by alaska_planner
nice! thanks for the link! i might get a couple of those for the cruise.
While this towel is very compact it does take up a small amount of space in either your luggage or carry on. I don't conceder it any big deal but that is me. It is also a good idea to take some cleaning product like CampSuds to wash it and any other clothing item for that matter. You can buy CampSuds at most camping/outdoor store. Wal-Mart also sell a generic version. CampSuds is a concentrated cleaning detergent many campers use. The 2oz version is perfect for travel.

If you mostly go on snorkel trips you may also want to consider those towels you see Olympic divers use. They are not much bigger than a wash cloth but they do dry you off. I have a Speedo Sports Towel also and it is shammy like.

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#46
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We usually use ship towels, but last cruise we saw some very cool, reasonable beach towels in St thomas and bought them to use on our next beach day. It was nice having larger, thicker ones and we had towels to bring home!!! They were not hard to pack, not any more sandy than our beach shoes... Dried nicely on our balcony.
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#47
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Joined Mar 2007
Originally posted by Cruzin RN
We usually use ship towels, but last cruise we saw some very cool, reasonable beach towels in St thomas and bought them to use on our next beach day. It was nice having larger, thicker ones and we had towels to bring home!!! They were not hard to pack, not any more sandy than our beach shoes... Dried nicely on our balcony.
Yuck. I wonder how many people pawed over those towels in the store before you used them. We stick with the ship towels that hopefully, have been laundered with really hot water.
#48
NJ
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Originally posted by iCruise717
We just sailed on the Oasis a few weeks ago and in Labadee, they did have a "towel return station" on the pier before we got back on the ship. It was nice to have right there, but it did clog up the pier more than usual towards the end of the day. I think RCCL would like to have these stations but logistically, it might not work for every port day. Just my own thoughts
We were on Allure last week and they also had the towel return as you boarded in each port. However, we never used it as we wanted to trade in our wet ones for dry and you could not do that there, only return. Maybe they are starting to listening to us!

We are in the camp of check out at the beginning of the cruise and swap out for clean dry ones as needed. No reason to take up my luggage space. Yes it does take a bit more effort, but mot enough to make it a hassle.
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#49
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My druthers would be as it was on NCL (haven't sailed with them lately, so I don't know if/how this has changed). Clean beach towel in the cabin every day. If you use it, you return it to the cabin and it's replaced. Just like a bath towel.

Why did they decide to make beach towels so complicated?

Karen
#50
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Joined Feb 2004
I always take my own towel. It's not about checking them out. I don't want to carry a thick heavy towel off the ship in port. I bring a large but thin and lightweight towel that rolls up very small. And I don't get sand on my towel so it's never a mess to pack. We rent lounge chairs and I rinse off before drying. Easy.

Gina
#51
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Originally posted by LuvBNatC
My druthers would be as it was on NCL (haven't sailed with them lately, so I don't know if/how this has changed). Clean beach towel in the cabin every day. If you use it, you return it to the cabin and it's replaced. Just like a bath towel.

Why did they decide to make beach towels so complicated?

Karen
Carnival does the same.
Haven't been on Royal in a few years, but I'm guessing it's the same.
Will know for sure ... come Nov. 16th.
#52
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Originally posted by LuvBNatC
My druthers would be as it was on NCL (haven't sailed with them lately, so I don't know if/how this has changed). Clean beach towel in the cabin every day. If you use it, you return it to the cabin and it's replaced. Just like a bath towel.

Why did they decide to make beach towels so complicated?

Karen
Pool towels shouldn't be such a mountainous issue. But I'll betcha' that it makes RCI a few dollars (@25 per unreturned towel), if the cruiser neglects to bring it back AND/OR doesn't dispute the charge on their final bill!
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