Hoons cast off ship, one arrested
SIXTEEN young men are to make their own way home from Gladstone after being kicked off the P&O Cruise 'Pacific Dawn' a day shy of the cruise ending.
The NSW males, all between the ages of 18-23, were evicted off the ship as a result of an incident which took place at around 1.30 this morning.
One of the males has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted a female crew member. He has been detained to Gladstone Watch House.
Spokesperson for P&O Australia, Peter Taylor, said the Captain chose to evict the passengers as part of P&O's zero tolerance rule toward unruly behaviour.
"A group of passengers became involved in a fight on board Pacific Dawn overnight and were disembarked from the ship in line with P&O Cruises' policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour on board," he said.
"We mean what we say when we talk about zero tolerance of behaviour like this.
"While most passengers were unaware of the incident because they had already retired to their cabins for the night, the decision to disembark the group in Gladstone reflects P&O Cruises' strict policies to ensure passengers enjoy cruise holidays in a safe and secure environment."
Despite shielding their faces from cameras, the males showed little remorse or embarrassment about their eviction.
"We got kicked off because we were having too much fun," one male said. "It was awesome."
Another added, "We're glad to be off."
The arrested male will appear in Gladstone Magistrate Court on a date yet to be fixed.