Carnival Legend cruise ship turned into a bloody brawl when someone reportedly stepped on another passenger’s flip flop.
The Carnival Legend ship was enjoying a 10-day South Pacific cruise when the shocking fight broke out at 1am on Friday.
One witness, Zac, said the brawl started after two men tangled feet, causing an angry exchange of words between two family groups.
This then escalated into a mass brawl – with Zac claiming security made the situation worse, piling into the fighting with kicks and punches.
Speaking to Australian radio station 3AW, he said: “This is all over a thong flip-flop – not a foot – a thong being stepped on and being instantly apologised for.” A thong is the Australian word for a flip-flop.
One bystander filmed some of the fighting, and the footage shows two men being pushed to the ground be security guards who then punch and kick them in an attempt to break them apart.
But it wasn’t just men, as two women were also pinned down after becoming involved in the fighting.
Police were called as the vessel docked and 23 members of the same family were detained by officers.
The fights are now being investigated by police, who have said the family were transported to Canberra where other travel arrangements were made to return them home.
Jennifer Vandekreeke, vice-president of Carnival Cruises Australia, said the company called police as the family group were “violent and disruptive”.
Witnesses claim up to 30 passengers were involved in the violence, which occurred in the shared areas in front of families.
The ship is due to berth in Melbourne on Saturday.