Was it a big deal or a staged attempt at getting a settlement from Carnival Cruise Lines? A couple who sailed aboard Carnival Fantasy seem to be building a case for compensation due to an alleged dirty cabin. The couple and their young son were staying on deck 6 in cabin U160, which is a cheap, small, 185-square-foot ocean view cabin.
Because they had a child in the cabin, they make the outlandish jump to hinting that the camera may have been set up to film naked children.
The passengers alleged, on the second day of an October 2017 cruise from Mobile, Alabama, to Mexico they found a hidden camera behind the television pointed at their bed.
They alleged the cabin was dirty with built up dust behind the television, “he was taking photos of dust around the cabin after having an allergy attack”. There is one major problem with the reasoning, the photo above showing security looking at a recording device behind the television does not show the alleged “built up dust”.
What the photo DOES show is the glossy, reflective shine of the back of the television AND television stand surface, indicating it was shiny clean. Dust does NOT have a reflective shine. Their motive comes into question for the complaint after the couple filmed the entire episode and promptly hired an attorney.
The couple were staying in cabin U160 Ocean View Stateroom. The description on the Carnival website describes the cabin, “Ocean View Staterooms have a large picture window, two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a living area with vanity and seating. Staterooms are equipped with thermostat controlled air-conditioning, television, telephone, and personal safe.”
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says, “After review by the ship’s technicians, it was determined that device was not operational, a full investigation was conducted by the shipboard team in tandem with Carnival’s shoreside security personnel, who also notified U.S. law enforcement.”
The likely reason for this camera being hooked up that way, was a past passenger secretly filming a sex scene with their traveling companion or another passenger they hoped to lure into the cabin . The video likely got uploaded but the opportunity to remove the secretly placed camera did not present itself, so it was left behind or just simply out of sight out of mind and forgotten in the rush to leave the ship.
Is this incident lawsuit worthy? Apparently, the couple on this Mobile, Alabama cruise thought so as they hired a Florida attorney. But, is Carnival to be blamed that a tiny camera hidden from all view, attached to the backside of a television wasn’t noticed? We think not.
It’s this kind of passenger pettiness and outrageous lawsuits which contribute to increased cruise pricing and cruise lines pulling all cruise ships from a particular port. The Carnival Fantasy began regular service from Mobile’s cruise terminal one one year ago, on November 9, 2016, after having pulled all service to Mobile for five years beginning on October 22, 2011.
Cruise Bruise will be watching in future months to see if a lawsuit is a actually filed. Stay tuned.
Video: Carnival Fantasy Ocean View