Trying to hide cruise ships in the Bahamas didn’t work
David J. Neal
Sun, February 6, 2022, 7:29 AM
The Crystal Cruise ship on the lam in the Bahamas from a U.S. federal court arrest warrant, the Crystal Symphony, and a sister ship, the Crystal Serenity, have been taken into custody by local authorities, reports say.
The Symphony, which was supposed to dock in Miami Jan. 22, has been in the Bahamas, avoiding an arrest warrant issued after Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a civil lawsuit in federal court. Peninsula Petroleum claimed that of the $3.4 million fuel bill owed it by Genting Hong Kong-owned Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, $1.2 million was for Crystal Symphony’s fuel.
A federal judge in Miami signed an arrest warrant for the Crystal Symphony, which went to the Bahamas instead of Miami. The Crystal Serenity diverted to the Bahamas last week. Passengers for each ship were ferried to Port Everglades.
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Their arrest was reported first Saturday by attorney James Walker on Cruise Law News. Saturday, CrewCenter posted what it said was an announcement by the Crystal Symphony captain:
“The ship has been placed under arrest by the local authorities over some unpaid bills, and as it bad as it sounds it’s actually quite a good thing that happen. We’ve been told that this will not affect any personnel movement. So the crew movement and crew sign offs can still go as planned, and we are in process of preparing this. So this is unfortunate news but this was actually quite expected.”