GENOA, Italy -- Festival Cruises could file for bankruptcy in Italy this week, a spokeswoman for the company said.

At a shareholders meeting held May 24, she said, shareholders "communicated there was ... no possibility to increase the capital of the company ... and this means that in the forthcoming days the directors will decide whether the company should be brought to court for bankruptcy."

In related news, as of last week, an auction date for the Mistral, one of Festival's vessels, was pushed back to June 10 from mid-May, the spokeswoman said; there was no fixed date for the sale of another Festival vessel, the European Stars.

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