Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

Andrew Cummings
February 22, 2018

Another cellphone video, published by Melbourne radio station 3AW, showed passengers cheering as police removed the men from the cruise ship Friday.

Other passengers gathered on the Legend's deck, booing and clapping as the family was loaded into a police boat.

"We sincerely apologise to our guests who were impacted by the disruptive behaviour of the group removed from the ship by the NSW Police in Eden", she said on Saturday.

"Members of my family are receiving medical attention at the hospital now".

George Barkho (pictured left and right) was left the cruise ship with family.

Vision of brawl on board the Carnival ship Legend.

"About 1.30 p.m. (Friday), six men and three teenage boys were removed from the ship at Twofold Bay, Eden", the police statement said.

Other guests had also claimed that the family had been harassing guests and staff from "the minute they got on the ship", and had even threatened to stab or throw people overboard.

She said her son, Jarrah was targeted by the family before the pair was forced to flee and lock themselves in their cabin.

Lisa Bolitho said she was unhappy with how the cruise staff dealt with the incidents, which she said involved the men "hunting out people" at night time.

"I was watching the fight and one guy came up to me and said 'Do you want to go too bro?'" Jarrah said, adding the offenders were in their late teens and early 20s. "They were trying to pick on any Aussie they could find".

Mr Barsoum, from Cranbourne in Melbourne, said he was forced to stop in the middle of his proposal to help innocent passengers who were being caught up in the bloodshed.

A cruise ship that had to have 26 members of an unruly family booted off after a mass brawl is due to dock in Melbourne.

"That leaves the question: are they there to protect the passengers or the image of cruising with Carnival?"

Carnival will review its response to a massive brawl that erupted last week on an Australia-based ship in what some passengers called a "cruise from hell", company officials announced Monday.

The company addressed the actions of crew members in a statement where they promised a full review.

"The actions seen on the video by our security team are not in line with our values and policies", the US-based line said in a statement sent to USA Today.

While the global cruise industry rides a historic high, several news reports and social media posts Down Under show a brawl on a Carnival Corp. cruise ship that resulted in the ejection of 23 people from the ship. Both the police and the cruise line are conducting investigations.

Passengers have said members of an extended family started trouble with other guests constantly, some passengers just stayed inside their rooms to avoid the group.

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