Australian cruise ship turns back to Sydney after alleged brawl over toilet queue

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  • A 37-year-old woman is accused of hitting a 21-year-old man with a wine bottle
  • She has been charged by police for reckless wounding and affray

A cruise ship had to turn back to Sydney because of a fight in the men toilet’s queue.

P&O Cruises Australia’s 1,998-passenger Pacific Explorer was forced to return to Sydney on Sunday so that police could remove a group of people involved in a brawl on Saturday night.

NSW Police said a fight broke out between several men on board the ship after an argument about a toilet line queue early on Sunday morning.

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

“P&O Cruises asked the New South Wales Police Marine Area Command to attend Pacific Explorer to remove a group of people from the ship as a result of their behavior on board overnight,” a company statement said.

‘This is in line with our strict policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour that affects the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other guests.

‘While these occurrences are rare, we have no hesitation in taking strong action when necessary to adhere to this policy.‘

The police met the ship inside the harbor to conduct the transfer of the group.

‘We are assisting the police in their inquiries.‘The group will no longer be welcome to travel with P&O Cruises or any of its associated brands.’

The 37-year-old woman has been charged by police for reckless wounding and affray over the alleged attack.