Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Vicious cruise ship brawl erupts in Aussie waters involving passengers and crew

Vicious cruise ship brawl erupts in Aussie waters involving passengers and crew

A violent brawl broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in Australia - leading to 23 members of the same family getting kicked off the trip.

"Carnival Legend is now on a 10-day South Pacific cruise scheduled to be completed in Melbourne tomorrow where the ship is now homeported".

The video footage shows security staff pinning one man to the ground as a woman's screams ring through the deck.

A Carnival Cruise official told the AAP that the decision to boot an entire family from the cruise was "unprecedented".

In a press conference today, Carnival Australia President Sture Myrmell said authorities took swift action removing the offenders.

Police are believed to have removed about 15 troublemakers from the Carnival Legend at Eden, and the ship is expected to continue to its home port of Melbourne tomorrow.

Cops kicked six men and three teenage boys off the ship for taking part in the fight - and 14 other passengers, including women and children, also left, according to the report.

Some guests, many of whom were cruising with young children, went as far as to describe their voyage as the "cruise from hell", alleging that the security staff had attempted to destroy images and footage from the incident.

"This is all over a thong, not a foot, a thong being stepped on and being instantly apologized for", he said.

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One passenger claims that violence has erupted on several occasions with threats made to stab and throw people overboard.

Passengers said the people in the brawl comprised two groups, which had been warring on and off during the cruise.

Another passenger told the Nine Network they would not leave their cabin and were scared for their safety.

David Barkho, the father of a 20-year-old man caught up in the violence, told 3AW he received a frantic phone call from his injured son at 1am. Police officers have boarded the Spirit class ship and an operation is underway to remove all those passengers involved in the brawls and behaved badly.

"He said: 'Please, Dad, please Dad, call the federal police".

"The safety and security of our guests and crew is our number one priority; we apply a zero-tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests", Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.

Barkho's son told him that he could see "a lot of people bleeding, a lot of people down on the ground".

"The ship's highly trained security staff have taken strong action in relation to a small group of disruptive guests who have been involved in altercations on board".

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