Cruise ship flees to Bahamas in bid to avoid court seizure — Analysis

After being ordered by a Miami court to seize Crystal Symphony’s assets for unpaid debts, it retreated to the Bahamas and bailed.

Their 14-day Caribbean trip was abruptly ended by seventy passengers. The cruise ship refused permission to travel to the US after a court ordered. This followed the liquidation proceedings of their parent company.

On Saturday, the Crystal Symphony cruise ship veered of course, and went to Bimini in Bahamian instead of Miami after an American judge ordered it to be seized due to $4.6million unpaid fuel bills.

The judge’s ruling came after a lawsuit was filed in a Miami court by Peninsula Petroleum Far East seeking action against the vessel as compensation for unpaid debts. Crystal Symphony’s parent company, Crystal Cruises, announced earlier last week that it had suspended operations and was entering liquidation.

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Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises were chartered and managed by the vessel. The company owes $4.6 million in fuel bills unpaid.

The company has not yet addressed the matter, but Crystal Symphony passengers were said to have been taken on a ferry to Fort Lauderdale after the scheduled diversion.

“Suspending operations will provide Crystal’s management team with an opportunity to evaluate the current state of business and examine various options moving forward,”Crystal Cruises made the following statement before starting liquidation.

Crystal Cruises is currently operating two additional vessels, one in Aruba and one in Argentina.

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