If you thought you have privacy within your cruise cabin, think again. Hidden cameras were found inside a private cabin aboard Carnival Cruise lines just last month, according to USA Today.
The incident was recorded by Florida couple Chris and Dana White who were enjoying a three-day cruise from Mobile, Alabama to Cozumel, Mexico with their 10-year-old son.
They discovered the camera because they were taking pictures of the dust in the cabin after Chris had an allergy attack. Both were astonished to see the camera was on and pointed in the direction of the bed. Chris described the discovery as a “WTF moment”.
“I said, ‘Is that what I think it is?’ ” Chris said. “And she looked at it and she became concerned. And we were just really flabbergasted that there’s a camera in the room and it’s plugged up and it’s working.”
According to Miami New Times, the couple called Carnival security immediately, who sent an officer to inspect the camera.
Unfortunately, the officer inspected the item with no gloves, causing contamination of the area. The couple made the claim the camera was warm to the touch, so they believed it was working, but Carnival insisted it was nonfunctional.
Chris said. “They said that it had probably been left there by a previous guest, but there was a layer of dust on top that had been there longer than just the previous guest.”
Carnival representatives stated that the security team handled everything professionally. They acknowledged a “video transmitter” was found during a full investigation by the ship’s team, but noted it “was not connected to an electrical source and not capable of recording.”
The couple’s worst fear is the thought of someone watching their adolescent son through the camera lens.
“What I’m worried about is the fact that, that camera captured my minor child in various states of undress,” Chris says. “My main concern is there is a video of him online now. And I’ll never know.”
The couple also had the concern of those who came before them, wondering how many others were being recorded without their knowledge. Funnily enough, the couple does not plan on taking any more cruises with Carnival.
Millions of people cruise around the world every day. Our reporter cruised and reviewed the Britannia cruise ship (no hidden cameras have been found on this ship) and did not think to search their cabin for a hidden camera.
Passengers should not have to worry about someone filming their most intimate moments whilst on vacation!
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