16 Brawling Passengers Kicked Off P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn

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 PO Cruises Pacific Dawn Brawlkicked 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:

Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships

More Cruise Ship Violence - A Drunken Brawl On Carnival's Dream

If you were on the cruise and have photos or video of the brawl, please leave a comment below. 

  

Photo credit:  Christopher Cahn / Observer

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Katelyn - February 11, 2012 2:37 AM

I was on this cruise and though I didn't witness the fight, I have heard firsthand accounts from other passengers who were there. Apparently, three people were injured. A female crew member is in an induced coma and in critical condition, a male crew member was king hit and another man had half his ear bitten off. I'm not sure about that last one, but the first two I know are true. I do NOT think it was an over reaction to kick them off. They needed to ensure the safety of everyone onboard and to do that, they had to go to those lengths. It was annoying to be delayed by these guys, but all the better that they get what they deserve for acting like they were on the bloody Jersey Shore.

Kade - February 12, 2012 2:20 AM

Katelyn,
Next time, get your facts straight, I was there for the fight and helped drag people out of it. First of all, just because someone told you things happened, doesn't make it so. That female crew member was perfectly healthy and was working the next night, I know because I had a good chat with her.
If you weren't there to see something, don't make up stories...

Kade - February 12, 2012 2:22 AM

Katelyn,
Next time, get your facts straight, I was there for the fight and helped drag people out of it. First of all, just because someone told you things happened, doesn't make it so. That female crew member was perfectly healthy and was working the next night, I know because I had a good chat with her.
If you weren't there to see something, don't make up stories...

Katelyn - February 13, 2012 4:36 AM

Kade, there's no need to accuse me of making up stories. Ok, if it isn't true, since you were there - fine. My mistake, I shouldn't have believed it. But I kid you not, I'm not just making this up. These are the stories I was hearing.

Kade - February 23, 2012 7:56 AM

Katelyn,
Maybe next time, actually have all the facts before you start posting stuff online.

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