VIDANTA ELEGANT

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Registered Owner: Hoteles Dinamicos SA de CV - Mexico

July 2018 News provided by important contributor of this site Alan Dumelow.

The m/s Vidanta Elegant sits out of service undergoing a major refurbishment in Naples as Grupo Vidanta continues to move forward in entering the cruise business. The Mexico-based hotel operator acquired the 1990-built ship in 2017 following the demise of All Leisure Group, where the vessel sailed as the m/s Voyager. The ship was then moved to a shipyard in Spain, and has since been relocated again, this time to a yard in Naples. The vessel was set to be renamed Vidanta Alegría and enter service as soon as the 2018-2019 Mexican Riviera season, but plans appear to have changed. Recent photos show a new name, (m/s Vidanta Elegant) and a ship that is in the middle of a large-scale refurbishment and may not be entering service until 2019 at the earliest. Grupo Vidanta was said to have further ambitions to acquire ships, and has made a number of cruise line recruitments, both for its site team in Europe and for its shoreside office in Mexico. The company is involved in hotel and resort development, and even has its own private international airport within a resort property in Mexico near Puerto Penasco, where a massive new cruise port is under development.”

Jan. 4-2017 Voyages of Discovery announces that all cruises are cancelled. Ship is for sale. Laid-up in the Far East

All Leisure Holidays'' cruise ship Voyager was arrested in Singapore late last Friday, following action taken over unpaid bunker bills.Bunker supplier Gulf Petrochem Group (Gulf Petrochem) is understood to have been the first to take action against ALG, and has filed a $162,800 claim against the ship.Shipoil Ltd (Shipoil), another bunker supplier, has also filed a caveat against the ship, while Sembcorp Marine Ltd (Sembcorp Marine), the yard at which the vessel has been receiving repairs, has also filed a claim.

March 22 - 2017 VOYAGER, which has been laid up in Singapore following the bankruptcy of the All-Leisure Group, has been sold to unspecified Mexican interests. New Registered owner; HOTELES DINAMICOS SA DE CV new name: Vidanta Elegant

May 28-2013 Voyages of Discovery 1990 built cruise ship ' mv Voyager ' has been stuck at the County Donagel port of Killybags since the 28th May 2013 with two of her four generators not working.

Oct. - 2012 The ship will be entering a month long refit in Portland, UK from November.Key new additions to Voyager will include the introduction of an explorer theme to whole ship, the new Scott’s Lounge and speciality restaurant, the Explorer Club.Voyager, the former Alexander von Humboldt, was purchased by Voyages of Discovery in 2009 but has been chartered out until now. All Leisure group plc, which operates Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises, is pleased to announce that it has successfully tendered on nov.12 -2009 for mv. “Alexander von Humboldt” in an auction conducted by the Admiralty Marshal. Ship will undergo a $20 million refit and is expected to be chartered to Bonn-based Phoenix Seereisen in 2010 before joining one of All Leisure's subsidiaries with a yet-to-be-announced new name in 2011. Summer season 2012 charter under old name to Turkish Bamtur for the second summer. Renamed Voyager when start operations for Voyages of Discovery end 2012. Charter to Bamtur ended end sept. Nov.1 ship undergo an intensive refurbishment on a yard in Portland. All cabins will be renewed and above commando bridge a lounge and restaurant will be added. Start operations for Voyages of Discovery as Voyager dec. 2012.

July 30 -2012 For cruising the market continues to be extremely challenging. As a result of the political situation in Greece, regrettably the proposed charter of Alexander von Humboldt, which will re-enter service as Voyager after a refit. Voyager, which sets sail from Portsmouth for its inaugural cruise on 4th December 2012 following an extensive refurbishment. Voyager will continue to be marketed and sold through the trade under the award winning Voyages of Discovery brand.

Entered service: 1990 - Refits: 2006/2009/2012/2017/18  - Gross tonnage:  15.396 -  Pass. cap. lower beds: 508 -  All berths: 556 - Length: 152,50 m.- Beam: 20,60 m. - Passenger decks:7  - Drive: 4 x Bergen diesel engines type: BRM -power each 3.310 kW at 750 rpm.- Total output 13.240 kW - Twin engines drives trough a L&S reduction gear box one propeller -  Propulsion: 2x Ulstein Propeller A/S  controllable pitch propeller at 169 rpm. - Max. speed: 18 knots - Built: Union Naval de Levante - Valencia - Spain - Yard no.: 185 - Flag: Bahamas - Classification: DNV

Former names:  Crown Monarch - Nautican - Walrus (Acquired by defunct Club Cruise in may 2006 from Silja Line) renamed Jules Verne  - short charter 2006/7 to Spanish Vision Cruceros - charter to Phoenix Seereisen and renamed in Alexander von Humboldt. Start operations May 2008 CLUB CRUISE the owner ceased operations nov. 2008 due to financial trouble - Laid-up - acquired by All Leisure Group nov. 12-2009 - charter again to Phoenix Seereisen under same name Alexander von Humboldt during 2010 - charter to Turkish travel company Bamtur as Alexander von Humboldt - start operations for Voyages of Discovery nov. 2012 under new name Voyager. March 2017 after bankruptcy of All Leisure Group acquired by Mexican Hoteles Dinamicos SA. Renamed in 2017 to Vidanta Alegria and in July 2018 as Vidanta Elegant.

        Passenger space ratio all berths: 27.64


Jules Verne

                                                                         


Alexander von Humboldt  Phoenix Seereizen

                   



                                                                                            Voyager  


Vidanta Alegria is at Navantia shipyard in Spain undergoing a complete strip-and-rebuild refit that will last until  May 2018 and turn it into what the Mexican owners promise will be a luxury cruise ship. For latest news see top of page.

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