November 14, 2000
Good news may be on the horizon for fans of Premier’s Rembrandt (not to mention the defunct cruise line’s other vessels, including IslandBreeze, Oceanic, SeaBreeze, Big Red Boat II and Seawind Crown) -- a New York federal bankruptcy judge has given liquidators permission to sell the ships. In the meantime, the ships are still under arrest in their last ports: * In the Bahamas are IslandBreeze, Oceanic and Rembrandt * SeaBreeze remains in Halifax, Nova Scotia. * Big Red Boat II is in New York * And in Barcelona, the stalemate between crew members on the Seawind Crown, who’ve refused to leave until they get paid, may end soon as negotiations are ongoing between the International Transport Workers' Federation and Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette to pay crew members, who have been living on the ship for three months, their wages. On the refund front, Freehill Hogan & Mahar, the New York law firm processing FMC claims, continues to tell passengers who charged their cruises on credit cards to go to them for refunds; all others will be be entitled to payments from Premier’s Federal Maritime Commission bond. That process could take up to a year.