Two Crystal Cruises ships were seized by Bahamian authorities for unpaid fuel bills. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were detained off Freeport after disembarking passengers on Bimini Island.
Only the crew was on board at the time of the procedure.In an announcement made to crew members, Crystal Symphony’s captain said the seizure had been “unfortunate” but “actually quite expected”.
In January, Crystal Symphony deviated from its scheduled call at PortMiami, Florida with 700 passengers on board to avoid this very procedure .
The unpaid invoice amounted to USD 1.2 million. Fuel supplier Peninsula Petroleum Far East has obtained the order against Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises Ltd. , owned by operator Genting Hong Kong (GHK).
One audio shared bya crew member to Crew-Center.com the Captain announced that the ships will be now managed by V.Ships, and this could be the end of the company:
Crystal Cruises office in the US is closing down. V.Ships will take over as Management Company of the ships. Unfortunately, this is the end of Crystal Cruises. pic.twitter.com/7IUdp6GSd6— Crew Center (@CrewCenter) February 8, 2022
“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 few of them will stay in the office until Friday.
The latest news that we’ve received is that V.Ships is going to be our new management company that has been appointed by the banks. What’s going to happen now and coming ahead I have no clue. As soon as we get a letter from our president I will share it with you.
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.”