P&O cruise branded ‘Benidorm on sea’ by horrified mum after mass brawl erupts at boozy black-tie bash


A STUNNED mum branded the P&O cruise that descended into a bloody mass brawl as “Benidorm on sea” after Brits attacked each other with furniture and plates.

Terrified families were forced to flee a buffet on board and staff were left injured as the violence erupted on Friday just hours after ship Britannia left Bergen, Norway.

A brawl broke out on a P&O ship hours after revellers partied on the deck
Richard Gaisford/Twitter
Two people were arrested as the ship docked at Southampton, the ship’s home port
Solent News

Six people who were attacked in the fight, reportedly sparked by a clown, suffered a number of injuries including significant bruising and cuts.

The mum, on the cruise with her 12-year-old son, told the Daily Mail: “From the moment we embarked on the ship we found many of the other guests to be rude, have zero manners or respect for others.

“The boat was basically Benidorm on Sea with a me, me, me attitude.

“We found many people were there purely to drink as much as they could with their unlimited drinks packages.”

A 41-year-old woman and man, 43, from Chigwell, Essex, were arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation.

Good Morning Britain journalist Richard Gaisford reported blood being “everywhere” as boozed-up passengers battered each other with furniture.

Footage taken on board shows hundreds of “patriotic” revellers waving Union Jack flags as they party on the deck.

Did you see what happened? Call Sun Online on 0207 782 4368 or email tips@the-sun.co.uk

A female entertainer on board the ship said: “There was a person dressed as a clown and this upset the other passengers.

“Things got out of hand very quickly, people had been drinking, and there was a fight.

“Chairs and plates were being thrown, people were very angry.

“It was shocking to see and some of the staff and passengers were scared and had to hide.”


Richard claims he was told by a fellow traveller the trouble started when a passenger dressed as a clown upset the group they were with “because they’d specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress”.

He added: “‘There was blood everywhere’. Violent late night brawl in the buffet onboard
@pocruises Britannia left staff who intervened injured, as passengers used furniture and plates as weapons.

“Witnesses told me they were so frightened they had to hide, as family groups fought.”

He reported an emergency tannoy ringing out at 2am alerting security staff.

The journalist added: “The buffet area was immediately sealed off as medical teams went to help the injured.”


Those behind the brawl were left in a cabin for the last day of the cruise where police reportedly met them in Southampton.

Hampshire Police confirmed they are investigating the fight.

A spokesperson said: “Officers are investigating following reports of a public order incident on-board P&Os Britannia.

“The incident happened during the early hours of Friday, 26 July while the ship was enroute to Southampton from Bergen.

“Six people; three men and three women were assaulted. A number of injuries were suffered including significant bruising and cuts.

“Investigations are ongoing.

“If anyone has any information, including phone footage of the incident, they should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190262605.”

A P&O Cruises spokesman denied it was to do with a clown, and said: “Following an incident on board Britannia on Thursday evening we can confirm that all guests have now disembarked and the matter now in the hands of the local police.”

Staff raced to the restaurant to break up the brawl
Getty – Contributor
The journalist said staff were left injured
Richard Gaisford/Twitter
Police at the port in Southampton today
PA:Press Association
The cruise pictured at Southampton today
Solent News
The violence erupted on ship the Britannia
Getty – Contributor

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here