Couple Finds Hidden Camera Inside Room on Carnival Cruise

Oct 29, 2018

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You’ve finally set your bags down in your room and take a sigh of relief after a long day of travel, but notice something out of place when checking out your new digs. You get closer to investigate and see that a camera lens is pointed directly at your bed.

No, this isn’t a Halloween horror story but a real event that happened to a Florida couple, reports Inside Edition. Chris and Dana White were aboard a Carnival Cruise last October when they found a camera in their stateroom.

Not only was the camera hidden among television wires, but it was pointed at the couple’s bed.

“I said, ‘Is that what I think it is?'” Chris White said. “And she [Dana] 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.”

After discovering the device, the couple called security who arrived at the room and took apart the camera. White filmed the security guard dismantling the camera in his room.

“It was a camera,” Chris insisted. “It was wired up. It was working. It was warm to the touch.”

Why are they only speaking up now, a year after the incident? The couple says Carnival did not “handle the situation properly.” It’s unclear exactly what the White’s mean by this statement.

Carnival, one of the world’s largest cruise operators, admitted there was a “video transmitter” in the White’s room and said the ship’s staff conducted a full investigation after the discovery. Contrary to White’s statement, Carnival says the camera wasn’t connected to power and was not capable of recording. The camera was handed over to the FBI for more examination, and the company notified the US Customs and Border Protection about the device.

“This is certainly a unique and unusual occurrence and it is unclear who or why this transmitter was placed in the guest’s stateroom,” Carnival said in statement to USA Today. “The safety and security of our guests and crew is of paramount importance and we have taken measures so that this sort of situation does not happen again.”

The incident occurred on a three day cruise aboard the Carnival Fantasy (Carnival’s oldest ship) and departed from Mobile, Alabama.

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“I just immediately felt like we had been invaded; our privacy had been invaded,” said Dana White.

Featured image of Carnival Fantasy courtesy of Carnival. 

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