Hubby and I have been on two cruises, on the luxury line Crystal Cruises. Both were Hillsdale College cruises, one to Alaska and one to Hawaii. The fact that both cruises left from the West Coast was a deciding factor. We took the Crystal Serenity to Alaska in 2016, and the Crystal Symphony to Hawaii in 2018, and loved the ships with all their amenities and wonderful service.
So we were very sad to hear last month that the parent company of Crystal Cruises, Genting Hong Kong, had declared bankruptcy. Just recently, we heard that the Symphony, in the middle of a Caribbean cruise when bankruptcy was declared, had to change course and dock in the Bahamas, to avoid being seized for unpaid fuel bills.
Then, there’s the story on the Fox News web site today.
How the mighty have fallen. The effects of Government shutdowns of international travel due to the CCP Virus have decimated the cruise industry, with many smaller cruise lines both in the US and Europe going bankrupt when they just could not get around all the health restrictions.
I am extremely sad to hear this. It means that Hubby and I will probably never take another cruise, since he is not “vaccinated”. That’s a loss both to us, and to the cruise lines.