A wild brawl aboard a Carnival cruise ship was caught on video (posted below), and is setting the internet on fire. Not only does it show some violent behavior among a group of passengers – it shows the ship’s crew getting in on the act, kicking those involved while they are on the ground.
The incident occurred aboard a Carnival ship off of the coast of Australia, and shows a fight that goes out of control fast, as the crew kicks one of the people involved while trying to subdue him.
The individuals thrown off of the boat (shown above) were members of a wealthy Italian family – the Barkhos – who passengers say were unruly and picked fights. The fight supposedly started when someone stepped on another person’s flip-flop.
Video of the incidents aboard the Carnival Legend posted online include a scene where Carnival security guards violently kick passengers who are down on the ground.
“The actions seen on the video by our security team are not in line with our values and policies,” the Miami-based line said Monday in a statement sent to USA TODAY. “We are conducting a full investigation and will take appropriate corrective action as necessary.”
The brawls took place during a 10-night South Pacific voyage that ended Saturday in Melbourne, Australia and involved dozens of people. Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reports that as many as 30 people were injured in what some called the “cruise from hell.” Pictures posted online show passengers who are bruised and bleeding.
More than 20 passengers were removed from the ship on Friday, a day before it arrived in Melbourne, for what Carnival described as “extremely unruly behavior.” In its statement, the line singled out one large family group that it alleged physically attacked other passengers in a ship-board nightclub.
“We have a zero tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests,” Carnival said in the statement. “In line with this policy, we cooperated fully with local authorities in Australia to remove a large family group who had been involved in disruptive acts aboard the vessel.”
As of Monday morning, no charges had been filed against any of the passengers, news service Reuters’ Australia office reports.
Carnival has offered every passenger on the sailing a 25% credit toward a future cruise as compensation for the incidents.
Another member of the Barkho family – known as Zac – said trouble started with another group over a flip flop and his family were being unfairly targeted.
Zac said he had spent the night locked in his cabin before being thrown off the ship, adding: ‘This is all over a thong (flip flop), not a foot, a thong being stepped on and being instantly apologised for.’
The fight broke out at 12.45am on Saturday, which prompted the captain to order the boat to stop the following day in port at the New South Wales-Victoria border.
The group were taken to Canberra Airport and several of the men were later spotted at Melbourne airport.
There is no suggestion which members of the Barkho family were involved in the brawl.
The Barkho family live in a sprawling suburban mansion with several luxury cars parked in front of their house.
The four-bedroom home – bought for £500,000 in 2011 – comes complete with marble flooring and a grand entrance hall.
Here is the video.