Couple allegedly found the camera pointed at the bed while on cruise in October 2017.
A five-day Carnival cruise turned sour for one couple, who allegedly found a camera hidden behind their stateroom TV pointed at the bed. The incident, which occurred in October 2017 on a cruise out of Mobile, AL, left passenger Chris White understandably upset. Now, he claims Carnival Cruises has not contacted him or tried to apologize in the year since, and he’s speaking out.
Hidden camera discovery left couple ‘white as ghosts’
After an allergy attack, Mr. White says he moved the television in the stateroom to check for dust. That’s when he discovered what appeared to be a camera, complete with what appeared to be an antenna, hidden in the wires.
“I asked my wife, ‘What is this? Is this what I think it is?’” recounted Mr. White to The Miami New Times. “We both just went white as ghosts.”
Mr. White says that he informed staff onboard Carnival Fantasy of the camera, but that they didn’t seem to take the matter seriously. A security officer reportedly told the family the camera was not in working condition and was likely left by another guest.
“I feel they were trying to cover it up by lying about what was found,” said Mr. White to Fox News, adding, “Later a brand ambassador for the company even said it wasn’t a camera at all.”
Couple unsatisfied with Carnival response
Mr. White said that he and his family were not trying to get anything out of the incident, like a free cruise. However, he said the lack of response by Carnival was unacceptable.
“They did not do everything they could have done,” stated Mr. White.
Carnival, for their part, has since issued a statement arguing that the camera was not functioning. They have also stated that the cruise line conducted a “full investigation” into the matter. Carnival Cruises states it performed not only a staff investigation, but also fully cooperated with US authorities.
“A full investigation was conducted by the shipboard team in tandem with Carnival’s shoreside security personnel who also notified US law enforcement, including the FBI, US Customs and Border Protection, and local police, when the ship arrived in Mobile following the cruise,” read the official Carnival statement.