Dance floor fight erupts on cruise ship before docking in NYC

NEW YORK — A fight broke out on the dance floor of a Carnival cruise ship as it returned to New York City on Tuesday, authorities said.

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According to the New York City Police Department, the fight broke out in the nightclub of the Carnival Magic at about 5:20 a.m., WPIX-TV reported. The fight began as a scuffle and escalated to as many as 60 people, according to the television station. The cruise ship was near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge when the fight erupted, according to police.

The eight-day cruise aboard the vessel left its New York City-New Jersey hub on June 20, WNBC-TV reported. It stopped in Dominicana, Turks and Caicos and a private island in the Bahamas before returning to the East Coast, according to, an online tracking site.

Authorities and medical personnel were waiting when the ship docked at Pier 88, WPIX reported. The Coast Guard escorted the ship to the pier in Manhattan, and passengers disembarked without further incident, the Staten Island Advance reported.

“Last night while Carnival Magic was returning to New York, a number of guests were involved in an altercation in a nightclub. Thankfully no serious injuries were reported and our onboard security team intervened,” Carnival Corporation officials said in a statement. “The ship arrived as scheduled this morning and shoreside law enforcement authorities were notified and met the ship to interview suspects and witnesses and conduct an investigation.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information said that the investigation is ongoing, the Advance reported. There have been no arrests.