There have been a number of articles about Royal Caribbean initial efforts to down-play the effects of the storm which rocked the Brilliance of the Seas off of the coast of Egypt last week. The cruise lines corporate office here in Miami are electronically linked to the cruise ships and instantly receive electronic images and video transmitted from the ships to the corporate offices at the port in Miami.
There undoubtedly are incredible closed circuit television (CCTV) video from the vessel’s surveillance and security cameras showing the interior of the Brilliance as it violently rocked from side to side. But the company keeps CCTV tapes like this secret to avoid embarrassing images being shown around the world.
Just last September the internet was a buzz today with the release of CCTV films of the interior of the P&O Cruises’ Pacific Sun, which ran into a bout of heavy weather in June 2008.
P&O also understated the effects of the storm on the cruise ship and passengers, and it was successful keeping the CCTV under wraps for over two years.
But the video (below) finally made its way out of P&O’s control this fall. When the truth came out, the public went nuts and the video went viral! The CCTV shows complete bedlam. A number of passenger were injured. You can clearly see one young lady smash her face into a column at the 47 second mark in the first video of the lounge area. A second video (not shown) is of a lower deck showing a forklift narrowly miss running over a crew member.
Cruise lines are experts keeping video like this secret. The risk management departments of cruise lines keep these types of video away from the public’s eyes. This permits the cruise lines to contest the passengers’ accounts of injuries and lets the defense lawyers claim that the passengers are exaggerating.
Would you have believed what occurred in the video if you did not see it?
What honest soul at the cruise line will leak similar CCTV videos of the Brilliance during the storm to the public?