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Cruise Ship News: Crystal Cruises ships are anchored in Freeport, Bahamas after trying to avoid a US warrant for unpaid fuel bills

BAHAMAS — Two rogue cruise ships have been seized after fleeing to the Bahamas to avoid US warrants over unpaid fuel bills.

The two Crystal Cruise line ships were anchored off Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday after trips of route changes and unloading passengers.

A legal dispute over millions of dollars in fuel bills caused their multiple itinerary changes.

In January, the Crystal Symphony diverted from its destination in Miamiand instead turned to the Bahamas, following a judge’s order to seize it if it entered US waters.

The warrant was issued for failed fuel payments in the amount of $4.6 million.

The maritime order allows U.S. Marshals to board and take charge once it approaches U.S. shores.

The Crystal Serenity then cut short a planned expedition in late January and set course for Aruba, where it was not allowed to dock. After being diverted to Bimini, the passengers were transported to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The cruise line’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong, is grappling with the effects of the pandemic on its shipping and cruise business.

Last month, one of its shipyards filed for bankruptcy protection in Germany.