The two ocean ships in the fleet of GHK-Genting Hong Kong's subsidiary Crystal Cruises are to be auctioned in the Bahamas on June 7.
The 68900-GT-ton, 2003-built Crystal Serenity and the 51000-GT-ton, 1995-built Crystal Symphony are being sold via a sealed tender process. Bids are to be submitted with the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas together with a 10% deposit.
The duo of the luxury ships has been under arrest in Freeport (Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island) since February 5, where they arrived after the January collapse of Crystal’s parent company GHK.
Both ships were attractive candidates for premium operators looking to expand/upgrade their fleets. The two Crystal vessels have been extensively refurbished in recent years. The maintenance they have received has been described as “top-notch”.
The duo are described as being of interest to "ultra-deluxe" cruise operators but are considered good candidates for the brands in the next tier down, who have similar but smaller vessels.