Crystal Symphony & Serenity seized in the Bahamas

crystal symphony and sister ship Crystal Serenity were seized by Bahamian authorities.

the Symphony, which was due to dock in Miami on Jan. 22, was instead diverted to Bimini in the Bahamas, to avoid an arrest warrant issued after a fuel supplier filed a civil suit in federal court. It is not clear if the seizures are related to this claim or something else.

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Crystal Serenity diverted to the Bahamas last week rather than returning to Florida. Passengers aboard each ship were transported to Port Everglades.

Over the weekend, the two vessels were taken over by authorities in the waters off Freeport. Only the crew members were on board.

“We are unable to comment on any outstanding legal issues at this time,” Crystal Cruises spokesman Vance Gulliksen told the Daily Mail. “Crystal Serenity and crystal symphonyVoyages ended last month and there are no guests on board.

“Officers and crew on board are well looked after and stay in individual accommodation, some of which are guest cabins. We make sure they are comfortable and able to take advantage of the various amenities on board. Crew members have been paid on their normal schedules and we are meeting and exceeding all contractual obligations.

crystal effort, the only Crystal Cruises ship remaining to sail, also encountered problems over the weekend. Seatrade Cruise News reported that the ship was seized in Ushuaia, Argentina due to “some type of unpaid bill”. The passengers were disembarked, but reports indicate that the problem was resolved on Saturday evening and the Effort was cleared to proceed to its next port in Uruguay.

Crystal Cruises is owned by Hong Kong-based conglomerate Genting Hong Kong, which filed for liquidation in Bermuda after it became clear it was running out of cash to fund its operations.