The Crystal Symphony cruise ship abruptly ended its return journey to Miami on January 23 following the decision by a US court to grant an order for the ship to be seized over millions of dollars in unpaid fuel fees.
The Crystal Symphony left Miami on January 8 for a two-week cruise. On January 19, Crystal Cruises announced that it was suspending operations after its parent company, Genting Hong Kong, filed for bankruptcy.
On January 21, Peninsula Petroleum Far East had an arrest warrant approved by a Florida judge, alleging a total $4.6 million in missed fuel payments, with $1.2 million accrued by the Crystal Symphony.
These videos show the cruise ship in Bimini as passengers are taken back to Florida on a different boat. Voices can be heard cheering as the ship blasts its horn. Credit: Matt Werner via Storyful