Professor Ross Klein's website CruiseJunkie contains disturbing comments from a cruise passenger aboard the Carnival Splendor cruise ship who reports that on December 15th during a sailing to the Mexican Riviera a gruesome physical altercation took place in cabin 1306.
Here are the comments:
"Wild, out-of-control alcohol-fueled domestic fight - starts at 9PM, escalates to most certainly a felony assault (or worse) by 3AM. All kinds of yelling, screaming, howling. Objects (victim?) thrown against the walls. Finally security responds; victim has blood streaming from her, multiple wounds; others report seeing multiple pools of blood in the room. Around 3:45 AM, Carnival removes the 'guests' and immediately starts the process of cleaning the room up, starting with the blood.
NO attempt whatsoever to preserve the scene or the evidence. Staff members will not discuss what happened other than 'it's under control' and 'he won't be a problem.' Rumor is that the offender was removed from the ship in Puerto Vallarta."
We reached out to Carnival's PR department yesterday who said they would check it out, but no response so far.
It's disturbing to read an account like this particularly after we just reported that a drunken Carnival passenger who beat and strangled his wife to death was sentenced to life in prison. And should there be any doubt that cruise lines destroy crime scene evidence?
Does anyone on this cruise have additional information? Please leave a comment below.
December 21, 2011 Update: This article was picked up by the popular Cruise Critic online community and posted in a thread on the message board. How did the concerned Cruise Critic cruise fans react to the bloody crime scene and Carnival's spoliation of evidence?
Read their comments like "Doesn't affect me . . . Who cares . . . Ship happens" which you can read here. Unfortunately, this type of complacency perpetuates the sorry state of affairs on cruise ships where cruise lines destroy evidence knowing that their fan base doesn't care.
I think I'll re-name this article "Crime Scene on Splendor Cruise Ship? Carnival Won't Say and Cruise Fans Don't Care."