Over the last few days, you’ve probably heard that Crystal cruise ships avoided docking in Miami because they feared being arrested. Running from the law has now ended as two Crystal cruise ships have been arrested.
CruiseHive.com is reporting, “The uncertainty about Crystal Cruises’ future continues to unfold, and both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have now been arrested in Freeport, Bahamas. With little official communication from the cruise line, however, much of the detail about this confusing situation is being relayed from crew members who remain on board the ships at this time.
All Three Crystal Cruise Ships Arrested
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, both of which debarked their passengers in Bimini in recent days, were arrested in the waters off Freeport, Bahamas in the evening hours of February 4, 2022. Shortly after authorities boarded Crystal Symphony, the ship’s captain made the following announcement:
“The ship has been placed under arrest by the local authorities over some unpaid bills, and as bad as it sounds it’s actually quite a good thing to happen. We’ve been told that this will not affect any personnel movement. So the crew movement and the crew sign offs will go as planned, and we are in process of preparing this. So some unfortunate news but it was actually quite expected.”
Federal U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles had granted the arrest order for Crystal Symphony on January 20, 2022, shortly after the ship’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong, filed for bankruptcy. At that time, the ship diverted from its planned debarkation in Miami and instead debarked passengers in Bimini.”
I’ve been cruising for a very long time, (150 days on Holland America Line, over 75 days on Carnival, and many days on Royal Caribbean and NCL). As long as I’ve been cruising, I’ve never heard of a cruise ship intentionally running from the law.
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