WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8: A cruise ship crewman ended up in hospital after a fight with a group of Bermudians at Dockyard’s Snorkel Park.
And Snorkel Park chief Tom Steinhoff warned that violence at visitor attractions risked both Bermuda’s reputation and investment in tourism.
Mr Steinhoff said trouble flared after words were exchanged between two crewmen from the Norwegian Dawn and a group of Bermudians.
He added: “Our security staff stepped in immediately to attempt to cool the situation.
“They escorted one group away from the other, but it seems the Bermudians attacked the two crew members and a security guard. From what I understand, the punches did not start with the Norwegian Dawn crew, although there had been an argument before.
“We haven’t yet been able to talk to any of the parties involved to find out what caused it.
“It’s very unusual — we pride ourselves on being a safe destination for visitors and locals and we have very good crowd control to ensure a happy atmosphere.”
Mr Steinhoff added that it was hoped that the people involved in the disturbance would be identified – and warned they faced life bans from Snorkel Park.
He said: “We want to teach people this isn’t the way to behave and any offenders we do identify will have to face the consequences of their conduct.
“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour at Snorkel Park. We’ve been throwing great parties and have had a limited police presence because they have been safe and well under control.
“We are aware of an element of troublemakers and we have a policy of keeping known offenders out.”
Mr Steinhoff added: “The investment we have contributed to tourism in Bermuda is huge and we spend a lot of money on entertainment.
“Behaviour like this threatens further investment in Bermuda and threatens Bermuda tourism – we are going to do everything we can to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.”
AnneMarie Mathews, Vice President, Public Relations for Norwegian Cruise Line, told us last night:
“The incident that occurred last night is currently under investigation internally and externally with the local police. The crew member from Norwegian Dawn remains hospitalized. It is our policy not to release personal information.
“We have been and continue to work closely with officials in Bermuda to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew.”
The incident happened around 2.35am Tuesday and police were called to the scene. A police spokesman said: “One of the two crew members received the worst of the injuries and required admission to hospital, although his injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
“An investigation is underway, but no arrests have been made at this point.”
Anyone with information that could help the police enquiry should call Somerset CID on 234-1010.