Authorities in the Bahamas seized two Crystal Cruises ships on Friday due to unpaid fuel bills, according to Cruise Law News.

After disembarking passengers on the island of Bimini, the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were apprehended in the waters off Freeport, Bahamas. At the time of the seizure, only crew members were on board.

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The captain of the ship gave a statement to the crew, which was recorded and broadcast to Twitter.

“The ship has been placed under arrest by the local authorities over some unpaid bills, and as bad as it sounds it’s actually quite a good thing to happen,” the captain says on the recording.

Crystal Cruises stated it couldn’t comment on “pending legal matters at th is time” in a statement to Insider.

But it added, “Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony’s voyages ended last month and there are no guests onboard.”

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It went on to say that the officers and staff on board were fully cared for.

“Crew members have been paid all wages due and we are meeting and exceeding all contractual obligations,” the statement continued.

The Crystal Symphony, which had 700 passengers on board, was diverted from its intended stop in Miami last month.

The ship was supposed to return to Miami following a 14-day Caribbean cruise, but instead went to Bimini because the warrant gave US Marshals the authority to confiscate the ship if it entered US waters.

The Crystal Serenity was also rerouted to the Bahamas earlier this month after being denied access to Aruba.

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According to Bloomberg, the unpaid bill totaled $1.2 million.

Peninsula Petroleum Far East, a fuel supplier, obtained the warrant against Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises Limited, which is controlled by Genting Hong Kong Ltd, the operator of Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Cruises announced in January that it would suspend voyages until April 2022.

“This was an extremely difficult decision but a prudent one given the current business environment and recent developments with our parent company, Genting Hong Kong,” Crystal’s president, Jack Anderson, stated in a press release.