I went on the Soverign in May of 2003 and I can't exactly remember how the towel situation worked for taking them to the pool. I want to say that we packed beach towels we didn't mind losing because there was some kind of fee if you lost the ones they gave you? Also, I can't remember the quality of the towel that they give you for the pool. Do they provide them at the pool? I do remember taking my own from home when we went to CocoCay. The RCI website doesn't cover these questions. Secondly, if we have our towels washed and dried, how long does that take to get back? They are so bulky to pack I was just trying to avoid taking them from home. What does everyone else do?