Bloodbath as brawls erupt on Melbourne-bound cruise ship

Carnival Legend

Vision of brawl on board the Carnival ship Legend.

Shocking video taken from the scene shows around 30 people involved in a vicious brawl and punches and kicks can be seen being thrown.

It's believed days of fighting on board the Carnival Cruise Line ship preceded the big brawl and Friday's unscheduled stop to offload the family at Eden on New South Wales' south coast.

It is still unclear if the family will face any charges for the fight, though Marine Area Command officials are now investigating it.

The boat was on a 10-day cruise around the South Pacific when two men got into a war of words over tangled feet, which quickly escalated.

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

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

"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".

Footage taken by a passenger has surfaced online of a brawl that broke out in a restaurant area on the ship.

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The violence erupted on the Carnival Legend. Eventually, security guards stepped in - even kicking at two combatants in an attempt to separate them.

Another passenger, Kellie, said that a group of troublemakers had been starting fights for a few days, including in front of children playing in the pool.

"There are people walking around with cut heads and hands", she told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

David Barkho told the station that his son was on the ship and desperately called him at 1 a.m. asking for help.

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

"Enjoy the rest of your cruise", one woman yells out.

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

"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", the statement continued.

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