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Say What? Cruise Ship With Arrest Warrant Waiting In Miami Diverts Route To The Bahamas
According to CNN, a cruise ship from Crystal Cruises had to change its course from Miami to the Bahamas due to a seizure arrest warrant from a lawsuit over unpaid fuel bill charges from a US judge. It is apparently still docked there.
The ship is currently located in Bimini, Bahamas, and it will be allowed to stay for the time being. It is not certain whether there are any staff aboard the ship, however, about 300 passengers were transferred by ferry on Sunday from Bimini, Bahamas, to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This entire situation began last Wednesday, when Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a lawsuit in a South Florida federal court against Crystal Cruises. They allegedly owe more than $4.6 million in unpaid bills, of which $1.2 million is specifically for Crystal Symphony.
Last Thursday, a US judge issued an arrest warrant for the ship ahead of its arrival in Miami, with the plan for the ship to be seized by a US Marshal and court-appointed custodian. Well now it seems the cruise ship will be staying in Bimini because that’s where the cruise liner’s parent company has both a resort and a marina.
“We don’t expect that ship to leave Bahamian waters,” U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Rob Gonzalez told the Miami Herald Tuesday. “We don’t expect it to come back.”
Last Wednesday, the day the lawsuit was filed, Crystal Cruises shared that they are suspending operations for its ocean voyages through late April and its river cruises through May. The company’s two cruises which are currently heading to Aruba and Argentina will complete their voyages. Guests who have booked future trips will receive a full refund.
“Suspending operations will provide Crystal’s management team with an opportunity to evaluate the current state of business and examine various options moving forward,” the cruise line said in a statement.
You can stay up to date with the location of the cruise ship and its journey with this cruise ship tracker.