Video: Just Another Mass Drunken Brawl on a Cruise Ship

By Will Godfrey 01/20/12

Cruising and boozing leave wreckage in a ship's wake.

With cruise ship safety in the spotlight, partying passengers' booze consumption is causing concern. Many holiday sailors think they leave their responsibilities behind along with the land—giving rise to the term "cruise ship drunk"—and drunken brawls frequently break out on board. ABC's 20/20 is featuring the problem tonight. “Passengers get extremely intoxicated on cruise ships in open waters,” maritime safety and security consultant Randall Jacques tells 20/20. The dance floor fight below, filmed on a passenger's cell phone, took place on "Dream," a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, in 2010, and involves wasted revelers, scantily-clad dancers and uniformed security guards piling in. Ten of the participants were ejected from the cruise in Mexico.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.