German Field Hockey Gold Medalists Run Up $630,000 in Damages on Cruise Ship

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 29, 2012

Photo Credit: The Local
Photo Credit: The Local

The German men's field hockey team went Mötley Crüe on a cruise ship to celebrate their Olympic gold-medal victory, and now they owe roughly $630,000. 

Deadspin spots a remarkable story coming from, which reports the group of men allegedly destroyed portions of a cruise ship to the tune of €500,000 (about $626,400). 

That, my friends, is what I call a party boat. 

Apparently, the team boarded the MS Deutschland shortly after beating the Netherlands field hockey squad on August 11. From there, champagne was imbibed and cigars were smoked. 

The company says holes were burned in the teak panelling of the casino, a broken pane of glass, and numerous stains from spilled drinks. But the most expensive aspect of the repairs will be docking the ship. 

The company states the ship is charged €75,000 for each day that it's docked, making simple repairs spiral out of control when it comes to cost. 

The team tried to make good by apologizing and sending over a signed hockey stick. Sounds pretty much like what any other sports teams would do in this situation. 

However, the report states the team was still hit with the half-million Euro bill.

A lawyer, Burkhard Benecken, explains dishing out the tab may not be as easy as you would think. 

It's simple. Whoever destroys a table must pay for it. But I doubt that in this case the liability for any physical damage can be assigned individually. That would have to have been assessed on site. Even the organizers are not automatically liable for the damage. You would have to prove the organization was at fault.

It seems the cruise ship may be stuck with one remarkable set of costs. The report states that if the shipping company does move forward with this, it may very well end up in court. 

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during this $630,000 party fiasco. 

This serves as a general warning to all you cruise ships out there. Don't rent to field hockey teams. Those boys are crazy. 

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