Crystal Cruises reportedly shutting down in US: What about bookings?

Crystal Cruises is reportedly shutting down at least its US operations weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for one of its ships over unpaid fuel bills, according to Bloomberg, Travel Weekly and numerous other trade publications.

The Federal Maritime Commission said Friday it is aware of media reports that the cruise line has ceased operations and is receiving inquiries on how to obtain booking refunds.

While the cruise line has not commented, an inside source familiar with the matter told USA TODAY termination notices were issued to US staff effective this week. Multiple Crystal Cruises employees have also posted about the shuttering on social media, but declined comment.

As of Friday, the luxury cruise line’s website still said, “we will continue to take new reservations for future voyages via our website with no money down until March 1, 2022.”

Crystal Cruises had already suspended sailings through late April and May after its parent company, Genting Hong Kong, declared bankruptcy in early January.

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Singapore-based Peninsula Petroleum Far East has sued Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, also owned by Genting Hong Kong, for over $4.6 million in unpaid bills.

A Jan. 19 statement from Crystal Cruises said suspending operations would give management time to “evaluate the current state of business and examine various options moving forward.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Peninsula Petroleum Far East, its lawyers, Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises.

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