A cruise ship has been forced to turn back to Sydney after a brawl erupted after a girl allegedly ‘hit a guy over the head with a bottle of wine’.
Police officers were seen arriving on board the ship at Bradley’s Head, Sydney, on Sunday, where they removed six males and one female.
There was a 30 minute brawl on the P&O Explorer about 1am on Sunday involving at least 15 passengers, according to witnesses.
Those involved were detained in on-board cells, while the boat turned around and headed back to Sydney.
The cruise ship, which departed from White Bay near Balmain on Friday, arrived back at Bradley’s Head, Sydney, where police became involved.
A P&O spokesman said it called authorities early on Sunday morning to remove ‘a group of people from the ship as a result of their behaviour on board overnight’.
‘This is in line with our strict policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour that affects the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other guests,’ he said.
He said the Pacific Explorer was on a three-night round trip cruise from Sydney when the brawl broke out.
The spokesman confirmed police officers met the ship when it returned to Sydney to remove the group involved.
‘The group removed today will no longer be welcome to travel with P&O Cruises or any of its associated brands.’
One shocked witness said he saw ‘a girl hit a guy over the head with a bottle of wine’.
‘The cops escorted her off with her boyfriend and then the others on a separate boat,’ he said.
A second witness said the brawl was between two bucks parties.
‘Someone got glassed, we’re waiting for cops to take them off,’ he said.
Another passenger said they saw the brawl as it unfolded in a common area in front of about 100 passengers.
‘It was all over some girls who were dancing and some guys started harassing them,’ they said.
‘Another guy who might work on the ship came over and told them to stop and they didn’t like that so they started shoving. Soon lots of people got involved and were pushing and shoving, punches were thrown and people got tackled to the ground. Security got hit too.
‘Eventually security and bystanders separated them but then someone would break free and they would go back at it. Others ran elsewhere on the ship to tell friends who came back and started the fight again.
‘I’m sure someone was hurt with how much violence there was. Captain sent them straight to the cells and shut the casino down, apparently he doesn’t take any s**t.
‘It was really shocking to see on a cruise ship. At least it gave us a break from losing money in the casino but now everything on the ship is closed and our cruise is a little ruined.’