Cruise News Today — February 6, 2022 [VIDEO]

2 Crystal Cruise Ships Arrested in Freeport

Arrested in Freeport. 

That was the scene on Crystal Symphony on Friday evening when seizure papers were served. 

Two weeks ago Crystal Serenity ended its cruise in Bimini after a judge placed a seizure warrant and the vessel for unpaid fuel bills.

Last Monday, Crystal Symphony terminated its world cruise in Bimini.

Crew members are now in the process of being flown home. 

In a statement Crystal said, quote, “We are unable to comment on pending legal matters at this time. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony’s voyages ended last month and there are no guests onboard.”

Both ship eventually made their way off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas before the arrest.  

On Friday, the last crystal ship sailing, Crystal Endeavor, ended its voyage as scheduled in South America and flew guests home. 

The status of the line’s return to operation is currently in limbo. 

3 Celebrity Ships Back in Key West

Three cruise ships.  

That’s how many Celebrity ships Key West saw over the weekend… as the conch republic welcomed back Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Constellation, and Celerity Apex.

Last year, Florida Governor overruled a 2020 vote banning large cruise ships from the island, saying the local government can’t restrict maritime commerce. 

According to a 2018 economic report, one million visitors arrived in Key West by cruise ship, generating $73 million dollars in local spending. 

Royal Caribbean Group Provides Business Update

During a business update on Friday, ROYAL CARIBBEAN Group CEO Jason Liberty said its lines have carried 1.3 million guests since the resumption of cruising. 

He said out of the 1.3 million guests, 25 hundred of them have tested positive, bringing a positivity rate to point one nine percent. 

As far as earnings, the company lost $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter, with a total of $5.3 billion for the year. 

By the end of 2021, the company had returned 50 out of 61 ships to operations across its five brands. 

The operator said 2022 will be a strong transitional year. 

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