Bahamian authorities arrested two cruise ships from the Hong Kong-based Crystal Cruises, the Crystal Symphony, and the Crystal Serenity after a U.S. court ordered their seizure last month due to non-payment of fuel expenses.
According to Cruise Law News, the ships changed course from Miami to the Bahamas to avoid the U.S. judge’s order and allowed passengers to disembark in Bimini.
Only crew members were aboard during the seizures.
“Following recent developments of Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company, Crystal has paused its operations for its Ocean and Expedition Cruises through April 29, 2022, and for River cruises through May 2022,” the company said adding that the ships’ voyages ended last month and there were no guests on board.
“The officers and crew onboard 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 all wages due and we are meeting and exceeding all contractual obligations,” the cruise company wrote.
In a statement, the U.S. Marshals Service, whose agents would have seized the ship if it had sailed to Miami, said it had no role or knowledge of the seizure of the two ships in the Bahamas.
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