A cruise which was supposed to be a relaxing place for the passengers on board had a nightmare after 1,300 Indian men allegedly threw wild parties with women dressed in Playboy bunnies and burlesque Bollywood dancers. The cruise on the Voyager of Seas which is operated by Royal Caribbean International engulfed 1,300 workers from the Indian gutka company Kamla Pasand who came on board for a conference just before the boat left its Sydney dock last month.
Much to the passenger’s horror, the men ended up taking over the ship’s pool deck and bars where they partied with scantily-clad women and dancers. The onboard passengers were forced to seek refuge inside the ship. However, the cruise offered refunds for having an uncomfortable night at the ship.
Passengers also complained that that several men filmed young girls on their mobile phones and harassed other passengers. A 20-year-old Tahlia Riini, who was holidaying on the ship with her family, was quoted as saying by Newsweek that she felt uncomfortable after few men began filming her on their phones.
She further said, “It’s hard to forget after seeing all the flashbacks of these men around all the time, 24 hours a day like we couldn’t escape. Cameras everywhere – everyone had a camera in their hand.”
“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? It is hard to forget after seeing all the flashbacks of these men around all the time, 24 hours a day like we could not escape,” she added.
Riini’s husband recalled the horrific night and said, “Even on the trivia nights they didn’t have enough numbers there so we just ended up with the staff member making our own game,” he told the network. “If ignorance and arrogance was part of the ticket to get on board the ship then I think they did a good job, Royal Caribbean International, by getting these people on.”
Passengers complained that the cruise company did not inform them beforehand about the large group who planned to have a party on the ship.
Another passenger Christine Weyling told the Newsweek, “It was crazy…little Playboy bunny outfits, you know this is a family boat. I think that they should have notified us that there was a big group that had been booked and had booked the pool deck out…everyone on that ship should have been notified.”
After facing a backlash from their passengers, Caribbean International has issued full refunds to passengers.