Crystal Serenity Refused Entry to Aruba as Crystal Cruises Winds Down

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Crystal Serenity, still left, and Crystal Symphony, right, have each diverted to Bimini (Crystal Cruises file graphic)
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Released
Jan 30, 2022 5:41 PM by

The Maritime Government

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Following mother or father corporation Genting Hong Kong submitted for liquidation before this thirty day period, Genting’s Crystal Cruises brand name has been winding down its professional functions – and moving to stay away from at the very least one vessel arrest. An more wrinkle in its ideas occurred Saturday when the vessel Crystal Serenity was denied entry to Aruba, exactly where she had been scheduled to disembark her travellers.

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On January 17, Crystal Serenity got under way for a entire world-trotting voyage that would have coated much more than 80 ports in four months. Mainly because of the individual bankruptcy, this cruise experienced to be terminated soon after departure, and Crystal arranged to offload all passengers in Aruba. 

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In a assertion Saturday night, the line stated that it experienced had conversations with neighborhood authorities in Aruba about the vessel’s funds and the possibility of any liens from it prior to docking. Having said that, this was not sufficient to get authorization to enter the port.

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“Considering the fact that obtaining this most unfortunate information, we have invested hrs conferring with Aruba officers toward a beneficial resolution – with even our humanitarian be sure to slipping on deaf ears – but to no avail,” Crystal Cruises reported in a message to the vessel’s travellers, very first described by CruiseHive. “Even though Crystal Serenity was cleared to arrive in Aruba these days with all companies compensated for in advance and even although there are no reasonable hazards or claims created versus the vessel, neighborhood officers informed us on Friday at 4:30 p.m. that the ship will not be permitted to dock in Aruba as scheduled.”

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In its place, Crystal Serenity will comply with the route taken by Crystal Symphony and head for Bimini, in The Bahamas. Passengers will disembark at that port and board a ferry to Fort Lauderdale. 

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The fallout from Genting’s personal bankruptcy stretches about the globe, from Hong Kong to Germany. The CEO has resigned, alongside with the firm’s president and board of directors. In a letter received by Bloomberg, Genting Hong Kong founder and previous CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay blamed the German governing administration for the firm’s collapse, alleging that Germany experienced unsuccessful to appear by way of on a promised $620 million mortgage. The cash would have saved Genting’s MV Werften shipyard, and when the yard’s funds collapsed, it immediately dragged the relaxation of the corporation into default.

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German Financial state Minister Robert Habeck put the blame on Genting Hong Kong, accusing the agency of turning down the loan due to the fact Germany demanded co-financing and safety guarantees.

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