Twist in cruise ship sex scandal
A MARRIED couple hoping for a relaxing cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship claim they were traumatised after finding a crew member having sex with a woman in their room - but Norwegian Cruise Line is now suggesting the couple's allegations don't hold any water.
Bobby and Mary Jackson, from Scotland, say they boarded the ship for a week-long trip between Singapore to Thailand in October, Fox News reported.
But upon getting to their room, they - and the cabin attendant escorting them - were shocked to discover a naked man and a woman making love in their cabin, they claim.
"I was horrified. What I witnessed was extremely unpleasant. There was a man and woman having sex on the bed in our designated room," Mrs Jackson, 62, said, according to Scotland's Sunday Post.
"I immediately closed the door again.
"Eugene, our cabin attendant, was present and he immediately went to inform his supervisor.
"We are not prudes but this was ridiculous."
The couple, from Northern Ireland, had paid about $AU8600 for the week-long cruise - their first ever - on the 2376-passenger Norwegian Jewel ship in October.
But the trip didn't get off to the best of starts when they were left waiting on the quay side at Singapore's Marina Bay for two and a half hours in scorching heat before boarding.
"When we finally got on the ship we first went to the bar for a drink because we were exhausted after all the standing around in the heat," Mr Jackson said.
"We were then shown down to our state room accommodation, which we were really looking forward to seeing."
When they got to cabin 10039, the electronic key card wouldn't work in the door at first.
But at the third attempt, the door finally opened - and that is when their jaws hit the deck.
"I could see the back of a man on the bed who was directly facing us and it was obvious he was in the middle of having sex with a woman," Mrs Jackson said.
"I shut the door immediately and we went into the cabin next door where my sister was staying while the staff sorted this out."
The couple went to complain to the ship's guest relations manager but there was no alternative room available because the boat was full up, they said.
"We went back to the cabin and tried to go back in there but although the woman had left, the male was still there," Mr Jackson said.
"Two of the ship's crew in white uniforms eventually persuaded him to leave. He looked very sheepish.
"I asked if the crew knew him and they told me he was a worker on the boat."
Mrs Jackson said the cabin attendant, Eugene, ran off to inform his supervisors while she and Mr Jackson waited in an adjacent room where her sister was staying.
"I was traumatised and I needed a glass of water," she added.
After the room situation was eventually sorted out, Mrs Jackson claims she also came down with a stomach bug and spent part of the trip hooked up to an IV.
"I was extremely frightened because I was very sick and I was a long way from home," she said.
"The ship's doctor put me on an IV drip, gave me antibiotics and I was told to stay out of the sun."
Norwegian Cruise Line, however, says its own internal investigation - and security cameras - don't "corroborate" their claims.
"The thorough investigation undertaken, including full review of security footage of the corridor where the stateroom was located, does not corroborate the allegation," a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line stated.
"Please know that we operate to the very highest standards. Any incidents that may fall below these standards are thoroughly investigated and actioned appropriately."
The Sunday Post had previously reported that Norwegian gave the couple vouchers to put toward another cruise, and contacted the Jacksons concerning further compensation.
The pair had paid more than $8600 for the trip, according to the Post.
A version of this article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission