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Crystal Cruises Shutting Down Until April 29

Current parent company Genting's financial difficulties given as reason.

Crystal Cruises Management announced today Crystal will suspend all operations until April 29 to give the bosses time to figure out if they will get paid.

Ok...they did not say it that way, but they did say that they are shutting down operations while their parent company Genting sorts out its difficult financial situation.

Crystal President Jack Andersen called it an extremely difficult decision but a prudent one given the current business environment and recent developments with our parent company, Genting Hong Kong.' He added: 'Crystal has been synonymous with luxury cruising for more than 30 years, and we look forward to welcoming back our valued guests when we resume operations. We wish to thank our guests and travel advisors for their incredible support during these ongoing challenging times.'

Crystal's three ships currently in operation will complete their current sailings. Ocean ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are sailing the Caribbean and expedition ship Crystal Endeavor is cruising in Antarctica. The Symphony's current cruise ends in Miami on Jan. 22, the Serenity's in Aruba on Jan. 30 and the Endeavor's in Ushuaia, Argentina, on Feb. 4.

Crystal said that passengers and their travel advisors are being notified and that Crystal will provide a full refund of the cruise fare paid, which will be processed automatically to the original form of payment.

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