The FBI has arrested a cruise ship passenger who allegedly put a camera inside a bathroom on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.
According to court documents, Jeremy Froias boarded the ship on April 29, 2023 in Miami, on a cruise headed to St. Maarten, San Juan, and Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay. He allegedly placed the camera in the unisex bathroom a day later, filming over 150 people — including at least 40 minors naked or partially naked.
“On or about April 30, 2023, when the Harmony was navigating in international waters, Froias installed a hidden Wi-Fi camera in a public bathroom on the aft of the Harmony’s top deck, between the ‘Flow Rider’ surfing simulator and a bar,” an FBI special agent said in a criminal complaint.
The wifi camera was found by a passenger on May 1st, who then reported it to the ship’s crew. The device was seized and the ship’s security personnel found a micro SD card inside. The card contained several hours worth of video files, including incriminating footage of Froias hiding the camera and adjusting its angle so that it focused near the toilet. “Froias is also seen taking his Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max out of his pocket and appears to have connected the phone to the hidden camera using Wi-Fi,” the complaint continues.
Due to the bathroom’s size and location, many guests use it not only to use the toilet, but also to change in and out of their swimsuits.
Cruise ship security identified Froias and interviewed him, where he allegedly admitted to putting the camera in the bathroom. He also said he knew it had been found because he couldn’t find it when he went to retrieve it a day later.
Froias has been charged with video voyeurism and attempted possession of child exploitation material. He was released on a $25,000 bond by a judge on Monday, pending trial. He didn’t enter a plea.
The FBI’s San Juan division is now asking for information about the situation and has set up a website for anyone who might have been a victim to report it to the agency.
“The FBI believes he primarily targeted cruise ship passengers between the timeframe of April 30 and May 1, 2023, who may have used the public bathroom on the aft of the Harmony’s top deck between the ‘Flow Rider’ surfing simulator and a bar,” the form says. “Passengers using this bathroom may have been video recorded by Froias.”