Classic International Cruises ships arrested

CIC Athena - 'full 2012/13 extended season in Western Australia will go ahead' despite arrest

Three ships in the Classic International Cruises fleet have been arrested for non-payment of bills, Seatrade Insider has learnt.

Athena, on charter to All Ways Travel, Belgium, was arrested in Marseille on Friday. Some 285 passengers were repatriated to Belgium with ‘minimum fuss,’ reports the Belgian tour operator, although the crew remain on board the vessel.

Commenting on the arrest of the 580-passenger Athena, Susanne Hunter, the administration manager of Classic International Cruises in Sydney, told Seatrade Insider the vessel’s full 2012/13 extended season in Western Australia will go ahead.

Hunter, the wife of CIC’s md Australia, Grant, said, ‘the owners and bank are solving the problem and the full 2012/13 programme is going ahead.’

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