In shocking footage obtained by the radio station 3AW, both women and men aboard the cruise ship Carnival Legend engage in a violent all-out brawl, prompting the ship's security guards to intervene and leaving some victims with severe cuts and multiple bruises.
The fight broke out shortly after a 12:45 a.m. argument aboard the ship, while it was passing through New South Wales, about 137 miles off Jervis Bay, police told Nine News Australia.
The Carnival Legend was forced to dock on the southern coast of New South Wales, Australia, to have a group of men and teenagers removed in the middle of its 10-day South Pacific Cruise.
Scared passengers said people were left bleeding and traumatised after the violent brawl in the early hours of this morning aboard the ship, which was nearing the end of a 10-day journey through the South Pacific.
Passengers tell 9News that people were left bloodied after clashes between two groups of passengers, including members of an Australian family, who threatened to stab others and throw them overboard.
It is understood the bus will take the group to Canberra before they are flown home.
Zac claimed the drama between his family and another party began when someone had stepped on a "thong" - the Aussie word for a flip-flop shoe. "What happened there and then was apologized for".
David Barkho says his son phoned and begged him to call authorities after he suffered a head injury while on the ship.
'I could hear a lot of screaming, crying in the background'.
'He said, "Please Dad, please, call the Federal Police",' Mr Barkho said.
Kellie told 3AW that a group of troublemakers had been starting fights for a few days, including in front of children playing in the pool.
One horrified holidaymaker told Nine News they are genuinely frightened of the offending guests and are hesitant to leave the safety of their room.
"The ship's highly-trained security staff have taken strong action in relation to a small group of disruptive guests who have been involved in altercations on board", a statement said. They said in a statement: "We are deeply concerned by the incidents that occurred on-board board Carnival Legend last night, as the safety and security of our guests and our crew is our number one priority".
One woman yelled that she had been mistreated on board as she was being removed.
"We apply a zero-tolerance approach to excessive behaviour that affects other guests".