Cruise Ship

Harmony Of The Seas

Incident Type

Passenger Crimes (sexual)

Date of Accident

6th May 2023

Location of Accident

Miami Florida

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On May 6, 2023, after the ship docked in PortMiami, the FBI apprehended a male passenger for illegally recording video from a concealed camera installed in a public restroom.

The individual [redacted employed as a Cyber Security Officer] installed a Wi-Fi camera in a public restroom located between the FlowRider and the Wipe Out Bar (aft on Deck 16). The concealed camera had been recording for approximately twenty-four hours when another passenger discovered it on May 1 and alerted to the staff. After investigating the restroom, the ship’s security discovered the device. It was equipped with an SD/memory card containing files with several hours of video content.

In the videos, he is seen installing the camera and adjusting its angle to concentrate on the toilet. The content also demonstrated how he removes an iPhone from his pocket and wirelessly connects it to the camera.

Reportedly, the recordings included more than 150 individuals, including at least 40 minors and young children (ages 4-5). According to court documents from Miami, the individuals were observed entering the lavatory either to use the restroom or to change (into/out of swimmers). The recordings included nude genitalia, buttocks, and breasts captured in various states of clothing (naked or partially naked).

When interviewed by ship security on May 2nd, the man confessed to positioning the camera for recording purposes. He was charged with “video voyeurism” and “attempted possession of child exploitation material” after his detention by the FBI. He did not submit a plea.

[redacted] was released on a $25,000 unsecured surety on May 8, pending trial. He was subject to electronic monitoring (home detention modality), was denied Internet access (including at home and at work), and was prohibited from having unsupervised contact with any juveniles (children under 18), including his two children. His passport was confiscated, and he was only permitted to travel to Florida and Puerto Rico.

The incident occurred in international waters during the 7-day “Eastern Caribbean with Perfect Day Cruise” (itinerary Apr 29 – May 6, roundtrip from Miami, Florida) with ports of call in St. Maarten (Philipsburg/May 2), Puerto Rico (San Juan/May 3), and the Bahamas (Coco Cay/May 5).

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