Crystal Cruises ships seized

Crystal Cruises ships
By Lisa James
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The two Crystal Cruises ships that diverted to the Bahamas when their latest voyages ended have been seized, according to reports.

Cruise Law News says it has been told by crew members on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity the ships were commandeered by authorities in waters near Freeport, Bahamas on Friday night.

The move is in relation to a US warrant over at least $4.6 million in unpaid fuel bills.

Cruise Law News also reports that expedition ship Crystal Endeavor was detained in Ushuaia, Argentina on Friday, with all passengers disembarked, but was cleared to resume sailing the following day.

A spokesman for Crystal Cruises told in a statement: “We are unable to comment on pending legal matters at this time. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony’s voyages ended last month and there are no guests onboard.’

“The officers and crew on board are being well cared for and staying in single accommodations some of which are guest staterooms.

“We are making sure they are comfortable and able to enjoy the various amenities on board. Crew members have been paid per their normal schedules and we are meeting and exceeding all contractual obligations.”

In mid-January, owner Genting Hong Kong Ltd filed a winding up order and Crystal suspended operations the next day.

Four days later, passengers coming to the end of their cruise on Crystal Symphony were taken to their embarkation port of Miami by ferry after the ship diverted to avoid being impounded.

Then, at the end of January, Crystal Serenity followed Crystal Symphony and headed to the Bahamas after being turned away from its original planned port of call.

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