Cruise

Man accused of rape onboard Pacific Aria

Hannah Edensor

A man has been arrested after he was accused of raping a woman on board P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria over the weekend.

The 33-year-old man was arrested when he disembarked the cruise ship on Sunday at Brisbane’s Portside Wharf in Hamilton, per Fairfax reports.

A police spokesman told The Brisbane Times said the alleged rapist and victim knew each other, but refused to reveal what their relationship is.

Per detectives from the North Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch, the man has been charged with two counts of rape, allegedly committed on Saturday while the man and his alleged victim were on board the 1260-guest cruise ship.

A spokesperson for Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises’ parent company, told Travel Weekly, “P&O Cruises asked Queensland Police to investigate an alleged sexual assault onboard Pacific Aria.

“This followed an allegation by a female passenger that she was assaulted by a travelling companion.  A cabin was sealed and, having reported the alleged assault to police, we have been assisting them fully in their inquiries.

“Care trained staff assisted the female passenger. Pacific Aria returned yesterday after a three-night roundtrip cruise from Brisbane.”

 

 

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