Update: Cruise Ship Waiter Assaults Maitre d' on Carnival Magic

November 17, 2011

(Update, 2 p.m. EST) -- A maitre d' on Carnival Magic was assaulted Tuesday evening by one of the ship's dining room waiters.

In a statement provided to Cruise Critic, Carnival said that "another employee witnessed the assault and held the dining room waiter until shipboard security arrived. The maitre d' is recovering and is expected to be back at work in the next day or two." The attack occurred in the main dining room during the late-seating dinner.

The dining room waiter, who was not identified, has been fired.

Who has been named is the victim. A post on the Cruise Critic message boards identified the injured staffer as Ken Byrnes, who goes by the moniker "The Singing Maitre D'." Carnival, however, has not confirmed the maitre d's identity, and in an e-mail sent yesterday to Cruise Critic, the line said it did not have additional information on the incident.

On the other hand, Sandy Shore, manager for Ken Byrne Music, sure isn't shy about telling us what happened. "Senior Maitre D' Ken Byrne was attacked by a disgruntled waiter with a heavy iron bar," she posted on Facebook.com/KenByrneMusic. "He was struck on the back of the head twice nearly knocking him unconscious." She added that he plans to return to work this week.

Magic -- which is currently sailing a six-night Mexico cruise out of Galveston, the first cruise from its new Texas homeport -- has had its share of troubles this week. The new ship had to adjust its itinerary on Tuesday because one of its stern thrusters was in need of repair.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor