When I rent a car, I photograph it inside and out before I drive off. After reading what happened to a Florida family, I think I’ll take a few pictures before I settle into a cruise ship cabin.
Chris Harvey, his wife and their two children were leaving the Carnival Freedom when they were called to account for some scratches on a bureau in their cabin, the St. Petersburg Times reports. When they denied causing the damage and refused to sign an agreement to pay to fix it, they were detained until they signed a letter agreeing to a lifetime ban by Carnival.
A cabin attendant reported finding the damage on the last day of the cruise, but the family had pictures of one of the children from earlier in the cruise — and it just happened to show the scratches. Carnival has since apologized and lifted the ban.
My favorite quote from the story came from the passenger, Chris Harvey, who said that when they first saw the scratches: “”We put it down to wear and tear — it’s a Carnival boat.”