Vidanta Elegant Review and Specifications
Specifications of Vidanta Elegant
|Year built||1990 / Age : 30|
|Builder||Union Naval de Levante (Valencia, Spain)|
|Building cost||USD 96 million|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||153 m / 502 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||15396 gt|
|Passengers||470 - 540|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||Vidanta Alegria, MV Voyager, Alexander von Humboldt, Jules Verne, Walrus, Nautican, Crown Monarch|
|Christened by||Miranda Krestovnikoff|
Review of Vidanta Elegant
Vidanta Elegant cruise ship ("Vidanta Alegria" before June 2018) was built in Valencia (Spain) under the name “Crown Monarch”. Vessel's previous owners were Club Cruise, Casino Ship, Cunard and All Leisure Holidays Group. Its sistership (MV Discovery) was scrapped in 2015.
History - construction and ownership
The 15,396-ton, 550-passenger ship mv Voyager joined Voyages of Discovery in December 2012. The last drydock refurbishment of MV Voyager was in 2012 (at Port Portland UK). Since All Leisure Group's bankruptcy in 2017, MV Voyager was moved to Cadiz Spain (Navantia shipyard). Following the drydock refurbishment 2018-2019, the liner re-entered service for its new owner (Grupo Vidanta) in spring 2018 as "Vidanta Alegria ". However, in June 2018 the cruise ship was renamed to "Vidanta Elegant" and entered drydock in Naples Italy. The extensive refit project lasted through mid-January 2019.
Grupo Vidanta is a major leisure property developer (hotel and resort) in Latin America. The company also owns a private international airport (within a Mexican resort near Puerto Penasco, Sonora Mexico). Puerto Penasco is currently developed to become a new cruise port.
Cruise itinerary program
MV Voyager itinerary program was based mostly on cruises in Europe. Longer itineraries visited ports all around the world. The ship used to sail in the Mediterranean and Around Britain (UK, British Isles), as well as to around the world destinations in Africa and Indian Ocean islands, Caribbean, South Asia.
Vidanta Elegant's itinerary program offers cruises leaving from ports in Mexico and Latin America. The ship could be homeported in Puerto Penasco (currently developed as cruise port terminal). Puerto Penasco is approx 100 km (60 ml) from the Mexico-USA (Arizona) border. The port town is located on the small strip of land linking Baja California Peninsula with mainland Mexico.
MS Vidanta Elegant has a total of 270 cabins (of which 35 Suites) in 12 grades. The ship has 30 balcony cabins and 87% of all staterooms are outside (with ocean view). Digital media players and flat TVs allow guests in all staterooms to access a large media library with documentaries, classical concerts and movies.
During the drydock refurbishment 2018-2019, the number of cabins was reduced to allow bigger-sized staterooms and more intimate travel experience. Suite amenities include personal concierge service by a dedicated staff (assigned to each suite). All cruise suites were fully refurbished.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
The ship has two restaurants (both with open-seating) and one speciality restaurant (Explorer Club) which requires reservations for dinner.
- Veranda Restaurant offers indoor and al fresco dining (on an open-air terrace). This is the ship's Lido Buffet restaurant aft on deck 7.
- Discovery Restaurant is the ship's main dining room restaurant located midship-aft on deck 5.
- Explorer Grill is an alternative (larger-sized) club restaurant (at a fee) located midship-portside on deck 5.
New ship facilities include Scott’s Lounge, a piano bar that serves cocktails in the evening, the Lookout Lounge with panoramic views from the front of the ship and a new terrace added to Veranda Restaurant for al fresco style dining. The new Bridge Club is dual-purpose and can also be used for lectures onboard the ship. MV Voyager features a Sunset Club, Sun Deck, Atlantis Spa, swimming pool (midship), two whirlpools, Fitness Center (gym), Beauty Salon, Library, Internet hub, Gift Shop. Uncommonly for most cruise liners, Vidanta Elegant doesn't have Casino (gambling lounge with gaming tables and slot machines).
- (deck 7) Lido Pool and Bar is an outdoor sundeck area for relaxation and sunbathing, featuring a swimming pool and two jacuzzis (outdoor hot tubs).
- (deck 8) The Bridge Club is a top-deck (aft-located) bar lounge with panoramic views.
- (deck 5) The fore-located Lookout Lounge is the ship's disco nightclub ("dancing lounge") with large dance floor and live band music performances.
- (deck 5) Darwin Lounge is the ship's theatre lounge hosting evening shows and daily enrichment and entertainment events, including port talks, lectures and media presentations by guest speakers.
- (deck 5) Scott’s Lounge is a classy cocktail lounge offering live piano performances in the evenings.
The list of shipboard entertainment options includes:
- ART CLASSES (course in watercolour painting) - guests can bring their own equipment and paints. Painting kits are available for newcomers
- CHOIR AT SEA (singing classes led by skilled choirmasters)
- CRAFT WORKSHOPS (including jewellery-making, sewing work, embroidery) led by experienced teachers and with provided kits with everything required,
- DIGITAL WORLD - digital photography, Internet, computer classes led by experienced tutors
- ZUMBA dance classes
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MV Voyager joined Voyages of Discovery at the end of 2012, following refurbishment in Portland (England, UK). The ship was formerly operated as "MV Alexander von Humboldt" (between 2008–2012), "MV Jules Verne" (between 2007–2008), "MV Walrus" (between 1996–2007), "MV Nautican" (between 1994–1996). The vessel was originally built for Crown Cruise Line as "Crown Monarch" and operated under this name between 1990–1994. After numerous refurbishments, refits and upgrades, today the Voyager cruise ship boasts 87% outside cabins, with 30 of the suites being staterooms with private balconies.
Ship's last naming ceremony took place at homeport Portsmouth (South Hampshire, England) on December 4, 2012. The vessel (named Vidanta Elegant) is currently drydocked for an extensive refit and reconstruction in Naples Italy. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
MV Voyager cruise itineraries are mostly in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe). However, the ship also cruises around the world, visiting ports in Southeast Asia, South Africa, Indian Ocean, Caribbean Sea (incl Panama Canal). Transatlantic cruises are offered on repositioning.
Since All Leisure Group's bankruptcy (see in "Accidents"), the vessel was moved to Cadiz Spain (Navantia shipyard). Following a drydock refurbishment, the cruise vessel re-entered service for its new owner (Grupo Vidanta, major hotel and resort developer in Latin America) in spring 2018. The itinerary program offers cruises leaving from ports in Mexico and Latin America.
Since November 2019, vessels technical and crew management services are provided by CMI-Cruise Management International. Other CMI-provided services by the contract include port arrangements (and fueling), project management, staff and crew administration.
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