A 33-year-old man faces court today accused of raping a woman onboard a cruise ship off Queensland.
Detectives from the North Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch charged him with two counts of rape, allegedly committed on Saturday while on board the 1260-guest cruise liner.
A police spokesman said the alleged rapist and victim knew each other but would not reveal their relationship.
A spokesman for Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises' parent company, said the company asked police to investigate after a woman complained a travelling companion had assaulted her.
"A cabin was sealed and, having reported the alleged assault to police, we have been assisting them fully in their inquiries," he said, in a statement.
"Care trained staff assisted the female passenger.
The accused appeared in Brisbane's Roma Street Magistrates Court, wearing prison browns and no shoes, but didn't apply for bail. He is due to face court again on May 29.
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