The below report appeared on the www.news.com.au website. I must have gone to bed too earlier each night cause I don't recall that many problems on my cruise. Then again I am also a non drinker so don't tend to frequent the bars & discos!!
Just a warning for those planning on playing up while on their cruise the below policy is expected to come into effect from the next cruise departing this Friday!!
P&O plans crackdown on passengers
PASSENGERS caught engaging in "excessive behaviour" on board P&O cruise ships will be kicked off at the next port of call, the company has said.
P&O released the new policy statement today, just days after an inquest investigating the cruise ship death of Brisbane woman Dianne Brimble heard claims that nudity, streaking and sex in public were common on board its ships.
Mrs Brimble died while on board the P&O-owned Pacific Sky cruise ship less than 24 hours after boarding on September 23, 2002.
She died of an overdose of the date rape drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or fantasy, while on a holiday with family and friends.
Eight Adelaide men are considered of interest to investigating police.
Kathleen Ann Taylor, who was the P&O night shift manager on board the Pacific Sky when Mrs Brimble died, this week told the inquest that nudity, streaking, and sex in public were common on board ships and happened up to 15 to 20 times an evening.
But a statement released by P&O Cruises Australia today said that sort of behaviour would no longer be tolerated.
"We accept that, in the past, the conduct of a small minority of our passengers and crew has clearly been unacceptable and our response on occasion has been inadequate," the statement, which was tendered as evidence to the inquest, said.
"This does not represent our company's values and therefore, with immediate effect, we have introduced a policy to take strict action against excessive behaviour.
"Under this policy, any passengers who engage in such behaviour will be disembarked at the next port of call and will not be refunded their fare."
P&O Cruises said its on-board code of conduct had been re-emphasised to staff and that the policy was in addition to other safety and security improvements made since Mrs Brimble's death in 2002.
Lawyer for P&O Cruises Philip Biggins told Glebe Coroner's Court the policy was expected to apply from the next departing cruise, which leaves this Friday.
Fair Princess x2, Pacific Sky x2, Pacific Sun, Pacific Star x3, Pacific Dawn x5, Rhapsody of the Seas x3, Oriana (ok the Oriana cruise was only two nights!), Sun Princess x3, Sapphire Princess, Voyager of the Seas