Bloodbath as brawls erupt on Melbourne-bound cruise ship


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.

The ship's operator Carnival Cruise Line has issued a statement saying: "The vast majority of the guests onboard Carnival Legend are enjoying their 10-day cruise holiday to the South Pacific".

A NSW Police investigation is now under way into the brawl that broke out in the early hours of Friday aboard the ship, which was well into its 10-day cruise through the South Pacific. An unnamed passenger filmed the ship's crew and security officers trying to break up the fight and, at one point, kicking two male passengers already on the ground. "They told us to watch our backs".

Police are investigating and have said the family were taken to Canberra where arrangements were made to return them home.

The Carnival Legend cruise ship was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Twofold Bay in order to remove an extended family from the vessel.

Another passenger told Nine News that the troublemakers had previously threatened to stab and throw people overboard.

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.

His 20-year-old son said "a lot of people are bleeding, a lot of people down".

"These incidents were complete isolated to this family group and out of character for the on board experience with Carnival Legend", Ms Vandekreeke said.

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'He said, "Please Dad, please, call the Federal Police",' he added.

"I could hear a lot of kids crying, women screaming, swearing". Police confirmed that security detained the men involved.

He told Australian radio station 3AW: 'This is all over a thong [flip-flop] - not a foot - a thong being stepped on and being instantly apologised for'.

"A number of people are expected to be removed with assistance from the operational support group".

"People are walking around with cut heads and hands, bandages everywhere", she said.

One branded it the "cruise from hell".

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

"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".