• A gas firm sued Genting Hong Kong for $4.6 million in unpaid gas payments final week.
  • A US federal choose ordered {that a} cruise ship be arrested to repay $1.2 million in unpaid payments. 
  • As an alternative of docking in Miami, the Crystal Symphony docked within the Bahamas. 

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A luxurious cruise ship modified course and docked within the Bahamas on Saturday after a US choose ordered its arrest as a part of a lawsuit over tens of millions in unpaid gas payments, a number of retailers reported. 

The Miami Herald reported that the Crystal Symphony, a Crystal Cruises ship, was alleged to arrive in Miami Saturday. 

The Miami federal choose ordered the cruise ship to be seized if it entered US waters to repay $1.2 million in unpaid gas payments owed by its operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd., Bloomberg reported. 

WPLG reported that on Sunday afternoon, its cameras had caught footage of passengers being delivered to Port Everglades by ferries from the Bahamas. 

The Herald reported that the warrant issued on Thursday ordered the US Marshals to “arrest the Defendant vessel, her boats, deal with, attire and furnishings, engines and appurtenances and to detain the identical in your custody pending additional order of the Court docket.”

The Herald reported that Genting introduced on Wednesday that it will liquidate the corporate due to rising debt.

In a Twitter thread, Elio Tempo, an entertainer on the ship wrote that passengers had been initially knowledgeable of the liquidation on Wednesday and advised that meant they needed to disembark when the ship docked in Miami and discover their very own approach residence. Tempo stated he was supposed to remain on the ship till February 23. 

On Thursday, Crystal cruises stated it was suspending ocean cruises till at the very least April. 

—Elio Tempo (@ElioPace) January 22, 2022

 

On Friday, Tempo wrote that after they’d organized their flight and automobile, passengers had been knowledgeable that the ship would as an alternative dock within the Bahamas.

On the identical time, Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a civil go well with in federal court docket and stated Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, which can also be operated by Genting, owed them near $3.4 million for already delivered gas, and $1.2 million for the Crystal Symphony, the Herald and Bloomberg reported. 

It is unclear what number of passengers had been on the cruise ship at the moment however the firm’s web site says it might accommodate 848. 

In a press release, Vance Gulliksen, a spokesperson for Crystal Cruises stated: “We all know that at this time’s switch to Port Everglades by way of ferry was uncomfortable resulting from inclement climate. This finish to the cruise was not the conclusion to our friends’ trip we initially deliberate for. “

Gulliksen stated they’re “unable to touch upon pending authorized issues at the moment.”

Genting and Tempo didn’t reply to Insider’s request for remark on the time of publication. The Related Press reported that Crystal Cruises nonetheless has two different ships which are nonetheless cruising however are anticipated to disembark on January 30 and February 4.