A passenger who dressed up as a clown and gatecrashed a black tie event triggered a “mass brawl” on a P&O cruise, it has emerged.
Families were forced to flee to their cabins or hide as passengers hurled furniture and plates at one another as a buffet descended into violence.
A passenger dressed at the black tie party is understood to have taken exception to the arrival of a clown at the formal event on the 16th floor restaurant.
The P&O Cruises ship, Britannia, was enroute from Bergen, Norway, to Southampton at the end of a week-long cruise when the fight broke out during the early hours of Friday morning.
A series of announcements were made summoning staff and paramedics to the restaurant from around 2am.
One eyewitness said “there was blood everywhere,” adding that the antics of a few “drunken idiots” had spoiled an otherwise enjoyable cruise. Hampshire police, who met the ship after it docked at Southampton on Saturday morning, said six people were assaulted suffering “significant bruising and cuts”.
Two people, a 43-year-old man and 41-year-old woman, both from Chigwell, Essex, were arrested on suspicion of assault.
A female entertainer, who did not want to be named but works on the ship, said: “There was a person dressed as a clown and this upset the other passengers.