Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Bloodbath as brawls erupt on Melbourne-bound cruise ship

Carnival Cruise Lines have released a statement saying'The vast majority of the guests on board Carnival Legend are enjoying their 10-day cruise holiday to the South Pacific Bloodbath as brawls erupt on Melbourne-bound cruise ship
Nellie Chapman | 18 February, 2018, 08:15

"Disembarking a family from a cruise is an unprecedented incident - it is always our last resort", said Cruise Line Australia vice-president Jennifer Vandekreeke, who also confirmed that the group was involved in a number of "limited and isolated events".

Shocking footage of a brawling Australian family terrorising other passengers on a cruise ship has been released online.

"A pool was full of children, people were pulling their children out of the pool because they were crying and scared", one passenger told AAP.

Scared passengers say people are injured and bleeding after violent outbursts on a cruise ship bound for Melbourne.

"There are people walking around with cut heads and hands", the passenger told the radio station.

Before long savage fist fights erupted which led to 23 members of the same family being detained by police.

Members of the Barkho family, from Melbourne, were said by fellow passengers to have spent days insulting and attacking other guests on the 10-day cruise.

The Carnival Legend moored in Melbourne on Saturday morning, following an unscheduled stop in the New South Wales town of Eden on Friday to evict nine men and male teenagers from one family.

The fight broke out shortly after a 12:45 a.m. argument aboard the ship, while it was passing through New South Wales, about 137 miles off Jervis Bay, police told Nine News Australia. "We sincerely regret that the unruly conduct and actions of the passengers removed from the ship in Eden yesterday may have prevented other guests from fully enjoying their cruise on Carnival Legend", the statement added.

She said she believed the violence had all been instigated by one large family group of at least 20 people who "came onto the boat wanting to fight people" and were using any excuse to start trouble.

She said security staff ended up "jumping" the family, and had no choice but to do so.

Police say an operation is underway on the state's south coast after the marine area command received reports of people fighting on the ship.

David Barkho, whose son George was on board the vessel, lashed out at Carnival's statement on Facebook, describing it as "bulls***".

After a fight breaks out between two groups of passengers, numerous security guards get involved, but only seem to escalate the violence.

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

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 sister Naomi said security confiscated phones from passengers who were filming the mayhem.