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Cruise ship flees to Bahamas in bid to avoid court seizure

Added 01-24-22 06:37:03am EST - “A cruise ship diverted to the Bahamas on Saturday instead of returning to the US, to avoid a court order over $4.6 million in unpaid bills” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Cruise ship flees to Bahamas in bid to avoid court seizure”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Seven hundred passengers had an unexpected end to their 14-day Caribbean voyage over the weekend, when their cruise ship refused to return to the US following a court order in the wake of its parent company going into liquidation.

The Crystal Symphony cruise liner veered off course on Saturday, heading for the Bahamian island of Bimini instead of returning to Miami, after a US judge ordered its seizure due to $4.6 million in 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.

The lawsuit claims that Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, which chartered and managed the vessel, are in breach of contract with Peninsula Petroleum Far East, owing the company $4.6 million in unpaid fuel bills.

While the company has not addressed the lawsuit, guests on Crystal Symphony were reportedly taken by ferry to Fort Lauderdale or local airports after the unscheduled diversion.

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