A fight involving up to 60 participants broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship returning to New York City following an eight-day Caribbean cruise this week.
Initial reports indicated the fight onboard the Carnival Magic was in response to allegations of cheating and threesomes amongst the participants. Units from the New York City Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard were on hand as the vessel docked in New York, but they did not board the ship due to jurisdictional concerns.
“Last night while Carnival Magic was returning to New York, a number of guests were involved in an altercation in a nightclub. Thankfully no serious injuries were reported, and our onboard security team intervened,” Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement regarding the incident. “The ship arrived as scheduled this morning and shoreside law enforcement authorities were notified and met the ship to interview suspects and witnesses and conduct an investigation.”
The Carnival Magic cruise ship
One passenger who witness the fight told Fox News Digital the melee broke out shortly before 2 a.m. on the fifth floor where a casino and dance club are located. Official reports indicate only that the fight took place sometime before 5:20 a.m. Theresa James, who is also a travel agent, said the fight took place just outside her fifth-floor cabin between “ignorant fools acting stupid” and lasted around an hour, taking place over multiple floors. She noted the fight was not physical during the entire hour, but that beer bottles were thrown in addition to punches, and that at least one woman might have suffered injuries.
Local broadcaster WPIX said the fight began with two people on the dance floor. James told Fox the cause of the fight was an alleged threesome between cheating passengers that upset the participant's partners.
Video of the incident showed a violent free-for-all amongst both male and female passengers. In one clip, a man appears to drag a woman by the hair across the floor while others are throwing punches.
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Jurisdictional questions prevented police from boarding the vessel, but the NYPD has opened an investigation.
“We wanted to make sure that when the individuals got off the boat there was no further disputes on the streets in Manhattan,” an NYPD spokesperson told Patch. ‘They were there to expedite the disembarkation process.'”
The Carnival Magic was returning from an eight-day cruise to the Caribbean with stops in Dominicana, Turks and Caicos, and a private Bahamian island.