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Passengers ferried to Fort Lauderdale after a cruise ship dodges arrest warrant

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Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A cruise ship bound for Miami is now in the Bahamas after a federal judge issued an arrest warrant over unpaid fuel bills.
Passengers had to be ferried to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony changed course after the warrant went out Thursday.
The company is being sued by a fuel company for $4.6 million dollars, $1.2 million from this one ship alone.
The Crystal Symphony left Miami on Jan. 8, as scheduled, on a two-week cruise. On the way back, things took an unexpected turn.
The ship was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Saturday, but mid-trip, a United States federal judge ordered the cruise ship seized over a lawsuit regarding unpaid fuel bills.
The ship changed course for Bimini, in the Bahamas, according to a cruise tracker, rather than have their ship ceized by federal authorities.

Those on the cruise were provided with an extra night of accommodations, and on Sunday, the passengers were taken by ferry to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Crystal Cruises said in a statement. The ferry ride, the company added, was “uncomfortable due to inclement weather.”

“This end to the cruise was not the conclusion to our guests’ vacation we originally planned for,” the company said.