7 Removed From Cruise Ship In Sydney After Alleged Glassing In Toilet Queue

A cruise ship was forced to turn back to Sydney yesterday morning after 21-year-old man was allegedly glassed during an argument in a toilet queue.

Several men were having an altercation aboard P&O’s Pacific Explorer when a 37-year-old woman, believed to be a partner to one of the men, allegedly struck a man with an empty wine bottle.

Security intervened to separate the men. The injured man was treated for lacerations by onboard medical staff.

The crew advised Marine Police of the incident. The ship returned to Bradley’s Head in Sydney Harbour yesterday afternoon, where seven people, including the woman and her alleged victim, were removed from the vessel.

In a statement, P&O Cruises said their removal was “in line with our strict policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour that affects the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other guests.”

Six men were released without charge pending further questions. The woman was charged with reckless wounding and affray, and is scheduled to face Downing Centre Local Court on March 9.

Several of those removed from the vessel were using the short cruise as a bucks’ celebration. All of those involved were banned from any future P&O cruises.

The three-night cruise departed Sydney Harbour again yesterday, and is expected to return today.