Unfortunately, this is the end, ship’s captain ‘tells crew’

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By Linsey McNeill
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Luxury line Crystal Cruises is unlikely to sail again since its entire US land-based workforce has been made redundant, according to latest reports.

Staff were given their termination letters this week and most are due to leave the company tomorrow, said Cruise Hive. Its head office in Miami has apparently closed.

Crew onboard the line’s three ships, Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Endeavour were told the news by their captains.

However, they were not told what will happen to their jobs and, for the time being, remain on the ships, according to Cruise Hive.

Crystal had earlier announced it was suspending ocean-going cruises until 29 April and river cruises until the end of May following the collapse of its parent company, Genting Hong Kong.

At the time the cruise line said the pause would allow it time to consider its options, but it is understood that the captain of Crystal Serenity told crew over the ship’s PA system that the cruise line won’t sail again.

Cruise Hive reported the captain saying: I have been waiting for a statement from our President, but so far haven’t heard a word from their side. I have been informed that the entire Crystal Cruises office in the US is closing down.

“All of the employees received termination letters yesterday afternoon and most of them will have their last day at work tomorrow. And only a few of them will stay in the office until Friday.”

He went on to say that the Crystal fleet will be under management from V-ships, which has been appointed by the banks, adding: Unfortunately, this is the end of Crystal Cruises, and we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I think the ships are for sale, and until then V.Ships will be our managing company. I know you probably have a lot of questions, but unfortunately, I don’t have any answers right now.”

Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are anchored off the coast of the Bahamas while Crystal Endeavour is sailing to Uruguay.

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