Rowdy family booted from ship after cruise turns to 'bloodbath'

Video footage showed staff involved in a mêlée with passengers

A violent brawl broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in Australia - leading to 23 members of the same family getting kicked off the trip.

His 20-year-old son said "a lot of people are bleeding, a lot of people down".

Some of those involved in the violence made threats to stab others and throw people overboard, AAP said.

Carnival Cruise Line says they were forced to call police to "remove a family group of passengers".

Video footage of the brawl showed security guards involved in the mêlée, although it does not show who instigated the fight.

The ship had left Sydney on Friday on a three-night cruise to nowhere and returned as scheduled on Monday.

Speaking from on board, passenger 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.

The footage captures other passengers cheering as the family is escorted off of the ship.

"He rang me about 1am this morning and said, "please dad, please dad, call the federal police", Mr Barkho told 3AW.

The family were escorted off the Carnival Legend
The family were escorted off the Carnival Legend

The Illawarra Mercury reported that up to 30 passengers were injured in the bloody brawls.

One horrified holidaymaker told Nine News they are genuinely frightened of the offending guests and are hesitant to leave the safety of their room.

Crew members and security can be seen trying to break up the fight and kicking two men on the ground.

A brutal melee has played out in the foyer of the Carnival Legend cruise ship off the NSW coast.

Ship staff attempted several times to stop the passenger from filming the violence.

"We take a zero tolerance approach to excessive behaviour that affects other guests and we have acted accordingly on Carnival Legend". The captain refused to take them any further.

The boat was on a 10-day cruise around the South Pacific when two men got into a war of words over tangled feet, which quickly escalated.

"The ship's security team is applying our zero-tolerance policy in the interests of the safety and comfort of other guests", the company said.

The ship is now back on its way to Melbourne and Ms Vandekreeke said that the measures taken by staff on board would allow fellow cruise guests to enjoy the remaining stages of their holiday.

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