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

Brawl on cruise ship Watch passengers let fists fly

Brawl on cruise ship Watch passengers let fists fly

Footage taken of the fights show people screaming as the groups batter each other in the cruise ship lobby and lido deck in front of horrified holidaymakers.

The brawl broke out in the early hours of Friday morning aboard the ship which was well into its 10-day cruise around the South Pacific.

Footage of Friday's brawl shows security officials kicking at passengers grappling on the ground amid screams. Crew members and security can be seen trying to break up the fight and kicking two men on the ground.

Zac suggested the drama between his family and another party on the ship started following a misunderstanding over a thong.

"The first hit was thrown by security towards, not just my daughter and my sister-in-law, but my wife as well", he told the station - adding that the guards also targeted him and his son, "taking turns pounding us in the face with knuckle dusters and steel-cap boots".

Police say they have not been contacted by Carnival.

Vision of brawl on board the Carnival ship Legend.

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

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'.

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Over the course of what some passengers had taken to calling the "cruise from hell", multiple violent incidents - including a fight in a nightclub and in an elevator - involving the extended family occurred, reportedly leaving some guests concerned for their safety and locking themselves in their rooms as a result.

A passenger identified only as Naomi said: "There are about 20 of the family, older people, teenagers and young kids with them".

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

3AW said there were reports that up to 30 people were injured. Security intervened and detained the men before notifying the Marine Area Command.

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

'We are confident that this strong action has addressed the disruption on Carnival Legend and enabled our remaining guests to properly enjoy the closing stages of their cruise holiday.

Carnival Cruise Line Australia president Sture Myrmell and general manager Jennifer Vandekreek speak to the media about the brawl in Sydney on Friday.

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

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