Cruise ship with hundreds of passengers diverts to Bahamas after US issues arrest warrant over unpaid bills

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A cruise ship with hundreds of passengers and crew diverted its destination path from Miami to the Bahamas to reportedly evade a U. S. warrant over $1.2 million in unpaid fuel bills.

"The U. S. marshal will be there with the arrest warrant if the ship shows up in Miami," J. Stephen Simms, the lead attorney representing Peninsula Petroleum Far East Pte. Ltd, told Bloomberg. "My good money is that it’s not landing in Miami, from what we’ve been told. Our client is determined to recover."

The luxury cruise ship, Crystal Symphony, was scheduled to port in Miami on Saturday after a two-week sojourn in the Caribbean, but diverted to the Bahamas with about 300 passengers and 400 crew members after a U. S. court issued an arrest warrant.

The ship is operated by Genting Hong Kong Ltd., which has been financially struggling since the pandemic affected travel. Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed suit in the U. S. to recover $4.6 million in unpaid fees for bunker fuel for three different ships owned by Genting, including $1.2 million from the Crystal Symphony, the Daily Mail reported.

A British musician who was performing on the ship said the passengers are scrambling to reschedule their flights after being delayed in the Bahamas, but "there’s no panic."

"Every one of these people are trying to reschedule their flights," musician Elio Pace told the Daily Mail. "There's no panic, there's no tantrums going on, they're taking it in their stride."

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