Carnival brawl: Over 20 people kicked off cruise ship for violent fight

Carnival Legend

Jennifer Vandekreeke, vice-president and General Manager of Carnival Cruise Line, said the decision to remove an entire family group from a cruise was "unprecedented".

Shocking video footage has emerged online of a melee in one of the vessel's restaurants that shows black-clad security men repeatedly kicking combatants in the brawl. Crew members and security can be seen trying to break up the fight and kicking two men on the ground.

Zac claimed the drama between his family and another party began when someone had stepped on a "thong" - the Aussie word for a flip-flop shoe.

"We're scared. We've been told to watch our backs by this group so we're scared to go anywhere alone in the ship".

NSW police said they were investigating a fight between several men onboard the cruise ship which occurred while it was about 220 kilometres off the coast of Jervis Bay.

Carnival Legend, which joins resident Australian sister ship Carnival Spirit for a few months each year, is now homeported in Melbourne.

One passenger told Nine News: "We are so scared after witnessing a traumatic experience with yet again the same offenders".

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

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

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

'I could hear a lot of screaming, crying in the background'.

"About 7am today, officers attached to Marine Area Command received reports of people fighting on board a cruise ship", the spokeswoman said.

She added there had been a number of fights on board, including in a nightclub and in an elevator the next day, "and a big fight on the lido deck, which went on for about 45 minutes".

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

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'.

One woman yelled that she had been mistreated as she was being removed after what fellow passengers complained had been days of mayhem and violence.

"We apply a zero-tolerance approach to excessive behaviour that affects other guests".

"The ship's highly trained security staff have engaged with a small group of disruptive guests and ensured that they are fully aware of and are compliant with our zero tolerance policy".

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