A family from Florida were horrified to find a secret video camera had been deliberately hidden in their cabin on board a Carnival cruise ship.
The family-of-three were enjoying a three-night Carnival Cruise Line voyage from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico in October and making sure the room was clean when they came across the disturbing device.
The trio from Pensacola were on the second night of their voyage when the father had an allergy attack, the Daily Mail reports.
The mother and her 10-year-old son then began to look for dusty areas in the room when they came across the camera tucked in between cables behind their stateroom television.
The lens was poking out and pointing at the bed enabling it to have an un obscured view of the room, including where they slept.
The device, which was "warm to the touch," also looked to have an antenna and capable of transmitting.
"The concern was that somebody had been recording and we've got a child. My main concern is there is video of him online now. And I'll never know," the father told the Miami Herald.
"I'm also concerned for anybody else who might have stayed in the cabin before us and anybody else who might be victims and don't realise it."
The family contacted Carnival security as soon as they found out and the crew inspected the device and took it apart.
In video shot by the family, the father is heard asking a Carnival crew member inspecting the camera whether he wants 'to put gloves or something on so you can finger print it?'
"We weren't trying to get any money; we weren't trying to get a free cruise. I just wanted to have action taken on it," he said.
Since the end of the cruise, the family have not heard if the matter is being looked into. Carnival has confirmed in a statement that the camera was not working.
"After review by the ship's technicians, it was determined that device was not operational,'"said spokesman Vance Gulliksen.
"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."
The family are upset that Carnival had not been in touch since the incident was reported and are concerned the crew was not thorough enough in its investigation.
The family, which has sailed about 10 times on Carnival, said the cruise line has not offered them any type of apology for the incident.
It is unclear whether a guest or crew member placed the camera in the room.