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23 People Kicked Off 'The Cruise from Hell' After a Wild Brawl

SourceA violent brawl broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in Australia — leading to 23 members of the same family getting kicked off the trip.

At least 30 people aboard the Carnival Legend cruise ship were injured during the fight, which broke out around 12:45 a.m. Friday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. While it is unclear how the mid-sea squabble started, footage obtained by Australian radio station 3AWRadio shows security personnel scrambling to break up a crowd of people who were throwing punches and tackling passengers to the ground. …

Passengers described the incident as a “bloodbath” — and one even dubbed the 10-day trip the “cruise from hell,” according to 9News, a local Australian news outlet.

David Barkho, whose son was on the cruise, told 3AW that he received a call from him around 1 a.m. asking if he could call the police. Barkho’s son told him that he could see “a lot of people bleeding, a lot of people down on the ground.”

Cruise representatives said they are currently conducting a full investigation into the incident.

I love vacations. I love weeks that involve drinking, eating and relaxing. And I love boats. But ironically enough, vacations that involve drinking, eating and relaxing on board boats? I’d prefer to give those a good leaving alone, thankyouverymuch.

This is no knock on Carnival, which I have never been on and have no opinion. I’m sure they run a tight ship, but this is not about them. This is an indictment of cruise ships in general. Because once you get on one and push out to sea past the 3-mile line into international waters, you realize that all bets are off. The laws of the civilized democracy you live by no longer apply. The Pirate Code Capt. Jack Sparrow is always mumbling on about has as much say as any legal authority you’re used to. You are on a long, floating Lord of the Flies island with thousands of complete strangers you cannot escape from. And survival of the fittest is the rule of the day.

I mean, get a load of this crowd. You know that this is how every vacation they ever take together plays out. This scene would take place if they were at a resort, Vegas or Branson, MO. The difference being that there you could just go to another hotel or bar. At sea, you’re trapped with them. And any one of them could just as easily throw you overboard and you’d be sharkshit before anyone even realized you were missing. And as you can see, there’s really no discernible difference between what they call “Security” and the people who make the omelettes at the breakfast buffet or work the door to the magic show at night. Bloodbath? Cruise from hell? A lot of people down on the ground? Sounds like the rest of those passengers got off easy. Cruises are hard pass from me.