Vidanta Enters Cruise Industry in Mexico

Vidanta Elegant
Vidanta Elegant

By The Maritime Executive 03-26-2019 05:33:25

Vidanta, Grupo Vidanta's luxury vacationing brand, has announced its entry into cruising - exclusivity along the Mexican coastline. 

The launch of Vidanta Cruises marks Mexico's first-ever luxury cruise line. Voyage itineraries are currently being finalized and aim to provide access to routes that no other cruise line is offering. 

Vidanta Cruises' first ship, Vidanta Elegant, will start sailing in the fall of 2019. Formerly Crown Monarch, the ship was built in 1990 and most recently sailed for Voyages of Discovery.

After acquiring Vidanta Elegant, the company had her stripped and rebuilt in cooperation with a number of maritime engineers and architects, including SMC Design. The vessel can accommodate 298 passengers in 149 staterooms and suites and a one-to-one passenger-to-crew ratio. At 153 meters long and 15,396 gross tons, the ship is also outfitted with six public decks and dining areas, 11 bars and lounges, an entertainment venue, a full-service spa and fitness center, a top deck pool and several jacuzzis. 

Founded in 1974 by Daniel Chávez Morán, Grupo Vidanta is a tourism developer specializing in vacation destinations, hotel brands, golf courses, real estate and entertainment.