Commodore Ceases Operations

December 28, 2000
In the wake of the failure of Premier last fall comes more bad news for budget travelers as Commodore Cruise Line and Crown, its one-ship sister company, filed for bankruptcy yesterday and immediately ceased all operations. The line says it has filed for protection under Chapter 11 and plans to consolidate debts and file a plan for reorganization. Unlike the Premier situation, when the company's ships were seized in mid-voyage, passengers currently onboard Commodore's three ships will complete their cruises, according to Fred A. Mayer, Commodore's chief executive officer. Passengers will be returned, as planned, to original de-barkation points. However, all subsequent voyages are canceled. Commodore operates three ships. The Enchanted Capri and Enchanted Isle offered two-, five- and seven-day cruises from their New Orleans homeport while the newly acquired Crown Dynasty (the flagship of the company's slightly more upscale Crown Cruise Line subsidiary) sails seven-day trips from Aruba.