Crystal Cruises likely to close down, terminates employees
As per various reports in the international media, Crystal Cruises is closing down its offices in the US and has let its employees go.
Workers were terminated last week on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported, citing the person who requested anonymity as the information hasn’t been announced to the public. The report did not specify how many employees were let go.
The closure comes just days after two of its ships — Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity — were seized by authorities in the Bahamas over unpaid fuel bills, Cruise Law News reported. Crystal Cruises is headquartered in Miami.
The Crystal Symphony diverted to the Bahamas last month from its scheduled stop in Miami with 700 passengers on board after an arrest warrant was issued over a USD 1.2 million unpaid fuel bill. Earlier this month, the Crystal Serenity diverted to the Bahamas after it was denied entry to Aruba.
Crew members on board ships received the news of Crystal Cruises’ closure via their captains, Cruise Hive reported.
“Unfortunately, this is the end of Crystal Cruises,” one captain told his crew, according to a recording of his message posted to Twitter by Crew Center, a website run by former crew members. A crew member onboard Crystal Endeavour told Cruise Hive the announcement was from the captain. “We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” the captain added.