Not everyone would willingly choose to go on a cruise. Some may not be up for being stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a bunch of strangers who insist on grabbing all the crab legs when they come out during the all-you-can-eat buffet.
But however you feel about cruises, families on the Royal Caribbean ship Voyager of the Seas got more than they bargained for when their vacation was reportedly taken over by out-of-control drunk partiers.
Royal Caribbean has refunded passengers after their ship was seized — not by pirates but by a rowdy group that reportedly invited burlesque dancers to join them on the three-night trip.
The 1,300 men in the group were there for a work conference for their India-based firm, Kamla Pasand, 9 News Australia reports. The company produces gutka, a blend of crushed Areca nut, tobacco, catechu, and other ingredients that apparently give you more of a buzz than smoking or chewing tobacco.
Passengers complained about the burlesque dancers, allegedly in Playboy Bunny outfits, that were invited to parties on deck and compared the environment to a bachelor party. Some families spent the three-night cruise in their cabins rather than face interaction with the partiers.
“Their doors would be open, and you would walk past and be like, ‘What am I going to be looking at when I walk past this door?'” Cassandra Riini, a passenger on the ship, told 9 News.
Owen Torres, manager of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., released a statement to the Sun Sentinel: “After a three-night sailing from Singapore on September 6, several guests shared their concerns with us about the behavior of a group of other guests aboard the ship. We were able to quickly provide them with a satisfactory solution to their concerns. Royal Caribbean operates with the safety of our guests and crew as our highest priority. We are continuing to review this incident to ensure that our guest conduct policy is applied appropriately.”
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