Cruise ship brawl breaks out at Carnival Magic’s dance club with up to 60 passengers fighting: Coast Guard escorts ship to dock in New York
- A massive fight broke out early Tuesday on the Carnival Magic off New York as it was winding down its eight-day Caribbean cruise when the fight broke out
- Two people started brawling on the dance floor of a nightclub and the altercation quickly got out of hand
- Video shows outnumbered security guard powerless to stop big fight
- After the fight, the Coast Guard escorted the ship to dock in Manhattan
A massive fight broke out on a cruise ship as it returned to New York, prompting the Coast Guard to escort the ship to the dock and the NYPD to open a probe.
The fight began in the Carnival Magic nightclub around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, on the last night of the ship’s eight-day Caribbean cruise with stops in the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands and Bahamas.
Video of the fracas shows a chaotic scene as dozens of passengers bump and jostle each other, while an outnumbered ship’s security guard tries unsuccessfully to break up the fight.
The fight started as an altercation between two passengers on the dance floor, and cops say it escalated into a fight involving up to 40 to 60 passengers, according to PIX11. No serious injuries were reported.
A major fight broke out in the Carnival Magic nightclub around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, on the last night of the ship’s eight-day Caribbean cruise.
Video of the crash shows a chaotic scene as dozens of passengers bump and jostle each other
A witness, tweeting under the handle @nyeem0said he was “at the bar listening to my own music sipping a Shirley Temple, then the fight broke out out of nowhere!”
He added that some of the passengers had been “wounded and cut into glass” and that “most if not all” of the ship’s security guards had descended on the club to restore order.
The witness added: ‘it was the last night so I guess they wanted to go out with a bang but a lifetime ban on cruising is crazy lol.’
The scuffle took place as the ship approached New York Harbor, but it is unclear whether the ship was in New York, New Jersey, or international waters at the time of the fight, complicating questions of criminal jurisdiction.
No arrests were reported following the fight, and it was unclear which agency would be investigating.
After the fight, cruise line officials notified the Coast Guard, which launched a boat from Staten Island to escort her to her dock in Manhattan, according to WNBC-TV.
The Carnival Magic (seen in a file photo) was finishing an eight-day Caribbean cruise with stops in the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
The fight started as an altercation between two passengers on the dance floor, and cops say it escalated into a scuffle involving up to 40 to 60 passengers.
An outnumbered security guard seemed helpless to stop the fight when it first broke out. Witnesses say security personnel flooded the nightclub to intervene
The ship docked without incident at Pier 88, where police and paramedics were waiting to greet her.
Cruise officials notified the Coast Guard, which launched a small boat from Staten Island to escort the ship the rest of the way to its Pier 88 dock.
The NYPD initially described the incident as an “emergency docking,” but Carnival said in a statement to PIX11 that it was a planned port call.
“Last night, as Carnival Magic returned to New York, a number of guests were involved in an altercation at a nightclub,” the statement read.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported and our onboard safety team responded,” the cruise line said.
After the fight, cruise line officials notified the Coast Guard, who launched a boat from Staten Island to escort her to the dock (above) in Manhattan.
The ship docked without incident at Pier 88, where police and paramedics were waiting to greet it
“The ship arrived as scheduled this morning and law enforcement authorities ashore have been notified and have met with the ship to interview suspects and witnesses and conduct an investigation,” Carnival’s statement added.
Police said the passengers disembarked gradually without incident.
According to CruiseMapper, the Carnival Magic has already departed New York for another eight-day Caribbean cruise.
Stops are planned in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.