Crystal Cruises' two oceangoing cruise ships, the Crystal Serenity
and Crystal Symphony, sold for a combined US$128 million, according to
Bahamas newspaper The Tribune said that the Serenity, built in 2003,
and the Symphony, built in 1995, were sold for US$103 million and US$25
million, respectively. The ships had been under arrest in the Bahamas
since February after Crystal ceased operations following the the wind-up
of parent company Genting Hong Kong.
The news follows a report by Cruise Industry News that Silversea
Cruises has purchased Crystal's expedition ship, the Crystal Endeavor,
which entered service last summer. Silversea declined to comment on the
buyers were only reported as companies called CSE and CSY, described as
likely special-purpose vehicles (SPVs) "created to acquire, and hold,
the two now-former Crystal Cruises vessels, with CSE standing for
"Crystal Serenity" and CSY for "Crystal Symphony"".
A source in the Tribune report said that the proceeds from the sale
will be used to pay Crystal Cruises' various creditors, with a court
According to CruiseMapper, the Serenity and Symphony have departed the Bahamas.
Source: Travel Weekly