Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
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Rowdy family booted from ship after cruise turns to 'bloodbath'

Rowdy family booted from ship after cruise turns to 'bloodbath'

A brawl on an Australian cruise liner has left 30 people injured after members of one family appear to have picked fights with other passengers.

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

'We are assisting the police in their inquiries.'The group will no longer be welcome to travel with P&O Cruises or any of its associated brands'.

They said threats had been made to stab and throw people overboard during what was described as a "cruise from hell".

In shocking footage obtained by the radio station 3AW, both women and men aboard the cruise ship Carnival Legend engage in a violent all-out brawl, prompting the ship's security guards to intervene and leaving some victims with severe cuts and multiple bruises.

A third video shows the men being escorted from the cruise ship on a New South Wales Police boat.

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.

One horrified holidaymaker told Nine News they are genuinely frightened of the offending guests and are hesitant to leave the safety of their room.

"He rang me about 1am this morning and said, "please dad, please dad, call the federal police", Mr Barkho told 3AW.

Passengers cheered as the alleged troublemakers were taken off the ship.

It is not the first time Australian passengers have complained of violence on board cruise ships.

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". The group can be seen filming themselves, yelling and waving as they were taken into custody.

"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 ship is now back on its way to Melbourne and Ms Vandekreeke said that the measures taken by staff on board would allow fellow cruise guests to enjoy the remaining stages of their holiday.

"The ship's security team is applying our zero tolerance policy in the interests of the safety and comfort of other guests".

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