A brawl on an Australian cruise liner has left 30 people injured after members of one family appear to have picked fights with other passengers.
Seven people - six men and one 37-year-old Russian woman - were arrested and escorted off the cruise.
"There's people walking around with cut heads and hands", she said.
It's believed days of fighting on board the Carnival Cruise Line ship preceded the brawl and Friday's unscheduled stop to offload the family at Eden on NSW's south coast.
Shocking video footage has emerged online of a melee in one of the vessel's restaurants that shows black-clad security men repeatedly kicking combatants in the brawl.
Passenger Kellie Petersen, who was on the cruise with her husband and their three children, aged 11, 9 and 6, said trouble on board had been "brewing for days".
Operators Carnival said a "family group of passengers" had to be removed from the ship.
"We will not be leaving our cabins and are truly scared for our safety and what could happen in the next", a passenger told 9News.
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David Barkho, whose son was on the cruise, told 3AW that he received a call from him around 1 a.m. asking if he could call the police.
There was a 30 minute brawl on the ship involving at least 15 passengers, according to witnesses. But it's being thrown around now in the wake of what Carnival says were "violent and disruptive acts" committed on its cruise ship Legend.
'This is in line with our strict policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour that affects the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other guests.
The group was taken ashore and transported to Canberra where they made other travel arrangements, NSW Police said.
"Disembarking a family from a cruise in an unprecedented incident, it is always our last resort and therefore we felt it was the best course of action for the safety and security of our guests and crew", She said.
Passengers on a 10-day cruise to the South Pacific have described it as a "cruise from hell" after alleging ongoing violence between two groups.
The ship is now back on its way to Melbourne and Ms Vandekreeke said that the measures taken by staff on board would allow fellow cruise guests to enjoy the remaining stages of their holiday.