Hundreds of Crystal Symphony cruise ship crew members still stranded on luxury liner
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Hundreds of crew members are still stuck on a luxury cruise ship sitting idle in the Bahamas after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over $4 million in unpaid fuel, according to one of the ship's performers.
Elio Pace, a musician who has performed from time to time onboard the ship since 2013, told FOX Business that he and around 30 to 50 other crew members got off the Crystal Symphony on Sunday and boarded a ferry to Florida.
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He estimated that 350 crew members are still on board.
"Nobody knows what the next stage will be and whether people will get paid and when these people will get home," Pace said.
The ship was supposed to dock in Miami on Saturday. However, a federal judge there issued an arrest warrant for the ship on Thursday, a maritime practice where a U.S. Marshal goes aboard a vessel and takes charge of it once it enters U.S. waters. Instead, the ship diverted to the Bahamian island of Bimini.