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All you can drink cruise packages criticised by PO passengers as police

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All you can drink cruise packages have been criticised by a passenger on the P&O journey which descended into a mass brawl, as police ruled out a clown as the perpetrator. Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault after an explosive fracas sent families fleeing to their cabins at the end of a week-long cruise around Norway.Violence had erupted between “drunken idiots” who threw plates and furniture across the 16th floor restaurant in the early hours of Friday morning, according to witnesses.Six people suffered “significant” cuts and bruises in the 10-minute melee as emergency announcements were made to summon paramedics and staff at around 2am. In a bizarre twist, Hampshire Police were forced to publicly deny reports that a man dressed as a clown had provoked the bedlam by gatecrashing a black-tie event. A 43-year-old man and 41-year-old woman from Chigwell, Essex were arrested when the Britannia cruise ship docked in Southampton on Saturday and have since been released under investigation. “There was no clown on board or involved in this incident,” a police spokesman added. However, a mother who had travelling with her young son hit out at the drinking culture she claimed was fostered by P&O’s alcohol deals. She described how the cruise – which would have cost passengers around £1,000 – felt like “Benidorm on Sea” as obnoxious customers tried to drink as much as they could.The mother, who asked not to be named, said it would be her last cruise.“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,” she told the Mail Online.“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.“My son has been shoved, almost pushed onto a train track by other guests rushing to get on the P&O train trip before us and had his hand burnt by a man jostling him at the buffet with no apology or care shown.”The long-suffering staff, however, tried their best to be “helpful and lovely”, she said.A spokesman for P&O cruises said they “do not tolerate disruptive behaviour”, adding: “The matter is now in the hands of the local police.” read more

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