Crystal Cruises insists crew safe amid ‘ships seized’ reports

Crystal Cruises has confirmed crew members on two of its ships are “comfortable” after media reports said the vessels had been “seized”.

Both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony’s voyages ended last month after the luxury line paused ocean sailings until April 29 and river expeditions until the end of May as parent company Genting Hong Kong filed to be wound up.

The cruise ships were reportedly being sought by US marshals on a federal arrest warrant issued last month due to a marine fuel supplier Peninsula Far East filing a lawsuit over unpaid bills. reported on Saturday that Crystal Serenity (pictured) and Crystal Symphony had been seized in Freeport, Bahamas.

The line has since issued a statement saying the crew had been paid and were able “to enjoy the various amenities on board”.

But it said Crystal is “unable to comment on pending legal matters at this time”, and confirmed “there are no guests onboard”.

The line added: “The officers and crew on board are being well cared for and staying in single accommodations some of which are guest staterooms.

“We are making sure they are comfortable and able to enjoy the various amenities on board.

“Crew members have been paid all wages due and we are meeting and exceeding all contractual obligations.”

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