Rogue Crystal Cruise Ships Seized and Arrested Near Bahamas

Two runaway Crystal Cruise ships, the Crystal Serenity and the Crystal Symphony, were arrest and was arrested near Freeport, Bahamas on Friday, according to News about Yacht Law and Insiders.

A video posted to Twitter shows the Crystal Symphony captain citing unpaid fuel bills as the reason for the arrest, before noting that the arrest “is actually quite expected.”

“The ship has been seized by the local authorities for some unpaid bills, and the bad thing is it’s actually a pretty good thing to happen,” the captain says in the video.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, Crystal Cruises said it could not comment on “pending legal matters,” but confirmed that there were no guests on board because of both Crystal Serenity’s voyage and Crystal Symphony ended a month ago.

“The officers and crew on board are being well looked after and are staying in single rooms, some of which are state guest rooms,” the statement added. “We are making sure they are comfortable and able to enjoy the different amenities on board. The seafarers have been paid in full and we are meeting and exceeding all of our contractual obligations.”

Symphony was supposed to dock in Miami on January 22, but diverted to the Bahamas to evade a US arrest warrant related to a civil lawsuit involving Peninsula Petroleum Far East, which alleges that Crystal Symphony owes $1.2 million, out of a total of $4.6 million in unpaid fuel charges by its parent company, Genting Hong Kong Ltd.

Crystal Cruises has decided to suspend operations for Ocean Cruises and Cruises until April 29, 2022 and river cruises until May 2022, “following recent developments by Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company.”

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