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Big cruise line goes bankrupt

Big cruise line goes bankrupt
Crystal Cruises
The Crystal Serenity has already been chained up in the Bahamas after failing to pay fuel bills 

Three ocean-going and five river cruise ships cruised for the popular luxury shipping company Crystal Cruises. But that should now be the end of it. In January, the US shipping company filed for bankruptcy.

If the 5-star luxury shipping company Crystal Cruises, founded in 1988, announced at the end of January that it would have to stop operations up to and including April due to major payment difficulties, the shipping company is now probably on the verge of bankruptcy. The creditor banks are apparently no longer willing to finance the reorganization and want to sell the Crystal ships. If no buyer is found for the fleet who also takes over the Crystal Cruises brand, it will probably mean the end of the ultra-luxury shipping company.

Employees should be fired

According to Seatrade Cruise News , nearly all Crystal Cruises employees will be laid off and the cruise line’s Miami headquarters are scheduled to close this week. The online portal “ Cruisetricks ”, citing the “ Crew Center ”, reports that the captain of the Crystal Serenity has already announced to his crew that Crystal Cruises will end – there is currently no official statement from the shipping company. Most of the crew is scheduled to be flown out of the Bahamas later this week. There, the Crystal Serenity is already on the chain because fuel bills in the millions could not be paid. She is not the only ship in the fleet that has been decommissioned. The Crystal Symphony was also confiscated and detained in the Bahamas.

Bankruptcy due to insolvent parent company

The fact that the Crystal Cruises shipping company is now bankrupt is due to its affiliation with the parent company Genting Hong Kong. The group filed for bankruptcy on January 18 due to financial problems. In addition to Crystal Cruises, Genting Hong Kong also owns Star Cruises and Dream Cruises. The MV shipyards in Germany are also part of the group – they had already filed for bankruptcy on January 10th and thus triggered the domino effect, as the ” Editorial Network Germany ” reported.

Photos show what it’s like on board the world’s largest cruise ship

Cruise ship Wonder of the Seas
The “Wonder of the Seas” offers space for almost 7000 passengers

The largest ship class in the world, the Oasis class of the shipping company Royal Caribbean, has a fifth member. The “Wonder of the Seas” replaced the “Symphony of the Seas” as the largest cruise ship in the world.

It took almost three years to build the newest largest cruise ship in the world, the “Wonder of the Seas”, at the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique. At the end of January, the ship was officially handed over to Royal Caribbean. Actually, the new record holder should be the first Oasis-class ship to be stationed in Asia. But Royal Caribbean recently changed plans: Instead of setting sail from Shanghai and Hong Kong towards Japan, it will now cruise in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. From March 4th, the largest cruise ship in the world will initially alternate between the western and eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. This summer, the “Wonder of the Seas” will be much closer and will be sailing in the western Mediterranean with the ports of entry Barcelona and Civitavecchia. Do you already want a look behind the scenes? We show what it looks like on board the ocean liner.

Photo impressions

"Wonder of the Seas" - largest cruise ship in the world
The official maiden voyage of the “Wonder of the Seas” will take place in the Caribbean on March 5
Wonder of the Seas

The pool deck includes, among other things, an aqua park, the largest water slide on a ship and a surfing simulator

"Wonder of the Seas"

The open-air AquaTheater on the “Wonder of the Seas”

The “Wonder of the Seas” in facts and figures

The largest cruise ship in the world can accommodate around 6900 passengers. The cruise giant is 362 meters long and 66 meters wide. The 18-deck ship weighs 230,000 tons and has a draft of more than nine meters. 2867 cabins, 19 restaurants, twelve bars and lounges, nine whirlpools and numerous leisure activities and shops can be found on the giant. New features include a climbing area for children, an escape room and a “laser tag experience”.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class currently includes five ships, including the world’s largest cruise ship to date. The “Symphony of the Seas” is 361 meters long, 65 meters wide and can accommodate up to 6870 passengers.

Note: Anyone who decides to take a cruise should bear in mind that, like flying, it is a particularly polluting form of travel. This is also shown by the  cruise ranking of the German Nature Conservation Union NABU , in which a number of ships failed. It is best to find out in advance how much the targeted ship will damage the environment and then weigh up whether you want to travel with it