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February 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A P&O cruise ship had to return to Sydney yesterday so police could remove seven people allegedly involved in a fight aboard.

A woman allegedly whacked a man over the head with an empty wine bottle during the melee aboard Pacific Explorer, causing blood to flow. The fight is alleged to have erupted after an argument over a toilet line queue.

A passenger aboard the vessel, Larissa Street, said on social media the people involved in the brawl were other passengers: “Police have boarded the ship and are taking them off at water – not even letting them near a terminal and back onto a police boat.”

Street wrote that Pacific Explorer left Sydney, only to return with a police escort into Sydney Harbour.

Another passenger aboard wrote on Facebook: “Never a dull moment, fight onboard Pacific Explorer last night 2 police boats heaps of police onboard so we are in the harbour early to deport them.”

The Facebook user, Kez Cugsy Maree, posted a video.


A spokesman for P&O, quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, said crew had asked Marine Police to attend the ship on Sunday morning to remove the group “as a result of their behaviour on board overnight”.

The P&O spokesman told the paper the group removed “would no longer be welcome to travel with P&O Cruises or any of its associated brands”.

In the early hours of this morning, NSW Police issued the following statement:

A woman has been charged over an alleged glassing on a cruise ship.

About 12.55am yesterday (Sunday 11 February 2018), a fight between several men took place on board the ship after an argument about a toilet line queue.

During the fight, a 37-year-old woman, who is the partner of one of the men, allegedly struck a 21-year-old man on the head with an empty wine bottle, causing a laceration.

Security separated the men and they were detained. The man with the injury was treated by medical personnel on board.

Yesterday afternoon, six men, including the injured man, and the woman, were removed from the ship at Bradley’s Head.

The men were subsequently released without charge pending further inquiries, while the 37-year-old woman, a Russian National, was conveyed to Newtown Police Station.

Marine Area Command investigators charged her with reckless wounding and affray.

The woman was granted conditional bail and will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday 9 March 2018.

Pacific Explorer carries about 2000 passengers and comes two waterslides, a waterpark, barefoot bowling, zip lining, rock climbing and “a huge range of bars, pubs and live music venues”.

The ship is currently entertaining guests with a bold new show, Love Riot, which the publication Cruise Critic describes as a “new, adults-only, burlesque show” that carries warnings about adult content.

The 90-minute performance features a line-up of artists and contortionists who dangle from silk sheets and trapezes and unicycle through the audience.


Written by Peter Needham

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