A newspaper in Australia is reporting that 16 cruise passengers, with ages between 18 and 23, were booted off the P & O Cruises' Pacific Dawn cruise ship for fighting.
The incident occurred late at night, with some newspaper accounts suggesting that the men were intoxicated and fighting over a woman.
The Observer reports that one of the passengers was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a female crew member. The newspaper quotes one of the rowdy passengers stating: "We got kicked off because we were having too much fun . . . It was awesome."
Outbreaks of fights like this are one of the occurrences which mar the cruising experience. How often these incidents occur is subject to debate. Recently, 20/20 aired a cruise expose which showed lots of YouTube videos of cruise drunks and out-of-control brawls. Many travel agents and cruise fans were upset with what they thought was a sensationalist television program.
We have looked into the problem of too much booze and fights on cruises over the last few years in our articles:
If you were on the cruise and have photos or video of the brawl, please leave a comment below.
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