Since Carnival didn’t delay the departure of cruise immediately following a 55-year old woman’s murder on board the Elation, it’s apparent the cruise line is trying to resume business-as-usual as quickly as possible. Our question is, “What will happen with Elation cabin # R24,” which is the cabin number the incident took place in.
There are undoubtedly thousands of upcoming Elation cruisers asking the same thing, and they’re probably double checking their itineraries to see if they’ve booked the cabin in question.
Carnival has a few options. One would be to permanently close the room. While they would potentially lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues over the lifetime of the ship, they would also avoid unhappy customers. If Carnival did nothing, and a guest learned about the cabin’s history half-way through a cruise, we believe some guests may be very displeased.
The other option would be to disclose what happened to anyone booking that particular room. This option could hamper Carnivals’ attempt to move past this event as quickly as possible, and customers may be so turned off by the prospect they choose to book on a completely different ship – or worse, another cruise line! While there are many destinations that advertise and even charge premiums for rooms that have disturbing pasts, that avenue would not be advised given Carnival’s “Fun Ship” image and recent timing of the event.
What do you think Carnival should do with the room? Would you stay in Elation cabin R24?