A Florida family is demanding answers after they say they found a hidden camera inside their Carnival Cruise room. The camera was found on the Fantasy cruise ship in October. The family was aboard a 3-night voyage from Mobile to Mexico.
The family who wants to remain anonymous believes the camera was there for quite some time. The couple was on the cruise with their 10-year-old child.
According to the father, he was suffering from an allergy attack on the first and second night of the cruise. The family was checking for dust inside the cabin when they came across the dusty hidden camera behind their television.
"It was warm too the touch, yes," says the father. The family said they feel violated and claim the hidden camera was powered on. "It was like wired directly into the TV's power, I jerked those out and I jerked the power out the back of the TV, so it would not be powered on." He added, "Before thinking about it I went to remove the antenna or the transmitter that was part of the circuit board."
The family says they immediately called security and recorded how the staff handled the situation. The family was completely dissatisfied. In the video, the father was offering suggestions to the security chief on how to handle the camera. "Don't you want to put gloves on so you can fingerprint it?" he questioned the technician.
We reached out to Carnival Cruise Line. They sent FOX10 this statement:
In October, a small, non-working camera was found in a cabin aboard Carnival Fantasy during a cruise departing from Mobile, Ala. 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, including the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police, when the ship arrived in Mobile following the cruise.
We have no insight into why this camera was placed or who placed it there but our investigation found that the camera was not in working condition.
While this was a one-off occurrence, nevertheless we take all matters of security and privacy very seriously and are reviewing this matter with our shipboard and shoreside security management.
The father added, "There was like no SD card or anything in the camera or on the card, so it was transmitting to a recorder somewhere to a receiving device."
The family's lawyer, James Walker, specializes in cruise law. Walker said video voyeurism is illegal in Alabama. He explained the cruise staff didn't handle the situation properly.
"We think that this is either a deliberate cover-up or just a very haphazard clueless way that the security officer disconnected the devices," Walker said.
After the entire experience, the family told FOX10 they simply want one thing. "We haven't filed a lawsuit, we haven't asked them for any money or a refund, but I'd like an apology and we haven't heard from anyone from Carnival."
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