The Carnival Legend faced an unexpected problem after over 30 people were injured in what the cruise line is calling "violent and disruptive behavior."
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that some guests locked themselves in their rooms aboard the Carnival Legend to avoid the violence, several outlets reported.
“Fights have been going on for a few days now,” said Kellie Petersen, who was on board with her husband and three children. “We’re scared. We’ve been told to watch our backs by this group so we’re scared to go anywhere alone in the ship.”
Apparently there were multiple fights, with the perpetrators threatening to stab people and throw them overboard.
“They were punching women, 16-year-old kids, everything,” passenger Michael Haddara recounted “They called up the mechanical people from down the bottom, the big boys, to intimidate and basically do what they want.”
Victims reported that in addition to the violent passengers, crew members were threatening passengers with broken bottles and wresting phones from them to delete images containing proof of the violence.
Carnival is reportedly offering a 25% credit to passengers affected by the violence: a reward which most people say is ''unacceptable.''
Reportedly all passengers removed were members of the same extended family.
The incident has us saying, "why?"
Lmfaooo at the brawl onboard Carnival Cruise Ship.. somebody stepped on a flip flop .. 😂— Ann Scott (@mascott04) February 19, 2018
Carnival is reportedly probing the reactions of its security staff to determine if they will face disciplinary action.
This is disgusting from security and crew. A much better way is to talk calmly and softly and ask them to please stop. This is followed by a group hug and prayer.....— b.rad (@bushybush14) February 16, 2018
Who goes on a cruise looking for fights, I hope they arrest the lot of em, with guys like that you can’t restrain em you have to lay em out— GlovesWasHere (@gloves78) February 19, 2018
This story is severely disturbing, and hopefully we shall never hear anything like it again.
Carnival cruises have always had a poor reputation. The pathetic staff professionalism displayed will cost millions in damaged reputation and loss of revenue in the years ahead. Big problem; survival problematic.— revolio (@revolios) February 16, 2018
@CarnivalCruise, @CarnivalPR, @CarnivalPLC, if I had been on that ship and your idea of making things better was a 25% coupon on my next cruise you would never see me again. Except maybe in court. Things happen, I understand, but that is a lame Conciliatory gesture.— Dodge Ram (@BigHornDodgeRam) February 18, 2018