Two Crystal Cruises ships were seized Friday by authorities in the Bahamas over overdue gas costs, Cruise ship Law News first reported.
Crystal Harmony and Crystal Calmness were apprehended in the waters off Freeport, Bahamas after getting off guests on the island of Bimini. Just staff members got on board at the time of the seizure.
In an announcement made to the staff, a recording of which was posted to Twitter, the captain of the Crystal Harmony said the seizure was “unfortunate” but “in fact fairly anticipated.”
” The ship has actually been placed under arrest by the local authorities over some unpaid bills, and as bad as it sounds it’s actually fairly a good idea to occur,” the captain says on the recording.
In a declaration to Expert, Crystal Cruises stated it can not talk about “pending lawful matters currently.”
It included: “Crystal Peacefulness as well as Crystal Symphony’s voyages finished last month as well as there are no guests onboard.”
It included that policemans and team aboard were “being well took care of.”
“Staff members have been paid all incomes due and also we are satisfying and also exceeding all legal commitments,” the declaration proceeded.
Last month, the Crystal Harmony diverted from its arranged stop in Miami with 700 guests aboard.
The ship resulted from return to Miami after a 14-day Caribbean voyage but rather took a trip to Bimini due to the fact that the warrant equipped US Marshals to seize the ship if it went into United States waters.
Earlier this month, the Crystal Serenity likewise diverted to the Bahamas after being rejected entrance to Aruba.
The unpaid bill totaled up to $1.2 million, according to Bloomberg.
Fuel vendor Peninsula Oil Far East secured the warrant against Crystal Cruises as well as Celebrity Cruises Limited, which is possessed by Crystal Cruises driver, Genting Hong Kong Ltd
. In January, Crystal Cruises announced strategies to pause voyages via April 2022.
“This was an incredibly tough choice yet a prudent one offered the present company atmosphere and current developments with our parent business, Genting Hong Kong,” Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president claimed in a news release.