Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Rowdy Family Booted After Cruise Turns to 'Bloodbath'

Rowdy Family Booted After Cruise Turns to 'Bloodbath'

As 26 members of an unruly family were offloaded from the Carnival Legend cruise ship onto a small police boat after a mass brawl, other passengers rained down a barrage of insults including "Get off" and "You're not heroes, you're deros".

Carnival Cruise Line says police were requested to the Carnival Legend and "remove a family group of passengers".

Footage from onboard the 10-day South Pacific cruise, sent to Australian broadcaster 3AW, shows the ship's security staff trying to break up a fight between both male and female passengers.

"There were limited and isolated events with the family in question", she said.

The brawl, which was partially captured on video, was slowly building over several days during a 10-day South Pacific cruise, the company said.

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

David Barkho says his son phoned and begged him to call authorities after he suffered a head injury while on the ship, which is due to berth in Melbourne on Saturday. Fourteen others also left the ship.

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.

A violent brawl that broke out on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship bound for Melbourne, forcing the vessel to dock early in New South Wales, may have been sparked by a dispute over a thong.

"I could hear a lot of kids crying, women screaming, swearing".

"Yesterday the friend we were travelling with was subjected to a large violent outburst. he was essentially thrown to the ground, it was completely unprovoked", she said, adding she believes the violence may have been triggered when her friend made eye contact with the group as they were chasing down another passenger.

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

"We will not be leaving our cabins and are truly scared for our safety and what could happen in the next 24 hours".

"A number of people are expected to be removed with assistance from the operational support group". They said in a statement: "We are deeply concerned by the incidents that occurred on-board board Carnival Legend last night, as the safety and security of our guests and our crew is our number one priority".

"They were looking for trouble from the minute they got on the ship", one woman said.

"We apply a zero-tolerance approach to excessive behaviour that affects other guests".

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