Denied docking rights in Aruba, a Crystal Cruises ship has been forced to divert to the Bahamian island of Bimini to disembark its passengers.

The refusal by Aruban authorities to allow the 68,900-gt Crystal Serenity (built 2003) is yet another blow to befall the Miami-based cruise operator since its parent company Genting Hong Kong filed for liquidation in January.

Crystal had announced shortly after Genting's troubles emerged in a Bermuda court that it would be temporarily suspend cruise operations, with the Crystal Serenity set to be laid up in Aruba after disembarking its passengers at the conclusion of their cruise.