MS Vidanta Elegant
The MS Vidanta Elegant cruise ship, just arrived in Puerto Vallarta today! On March 26, 2019, Grupo Vidanta officially announced the brand's entering into the luxury cruising market with a special itinerary program along the Mexican coastline. Vidanta's first ship (Elegant) is part of Mexico's first-ever cruise line and provides access to exclusive routes and ports that no other cruise companies offer.
After acquiring the vessel, Vidanta stripped and rebuilt its entire superstructure (from the hull up). The multi-million dollar project involved renowned maritime engineers and architects, including SMC Design (London UK). The extensive refit project lasted through mid-January 2019 and actually reconstructed the vessel by adding a new aft structure and interior spaces. By reducing the ship's cabins number and increasing the crew, Vidanta Elegant now features larger-than-average accommodations, more spacious public spaces, attentive Personal Concierge service (dedicated staff assigned to each cabin). Exclusive partnerships were signed with two French world-famous chefs - Eric Pansu and Pascal Molines (pastry chef).
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.
Grupo Vidanta (1974-founded) fully owns subsidiaries that specialize in the design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of hotels, resorts, and cruises, plus the associated infrastructure. Grupo Vidanta also owns Mar de Cortes Airport (aka Puerto Penasco International Airport, 2009-opened) with regularly scheduled domestic flights (via Aereo Servicio Guerrero SA) linking to Hermosillo (Sonora Mexico). The corporation is headquartered in Nuevo Vallarta (Nayarit Mexico), employs ~25,000 people, and has an annual revenue of USD 750 million.
In Mexico, Grupo Vidanta owns 7 premium golf courses (Vidanta Golf Brand) in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit (featuring the world's longest golf cart suspension bridge), Los Cabos, Puerto Penasco and Acapulco.
Grupo Vidanta's cruise line offers an exclusive benefit that allows travelers to experience the luxury Mexican brand both on land and at sea. With one check-in, cruisers can enjoy a special "cruise and resort vacation" that includes both Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta (resort) and the cruise ship Vidanta Elegant.
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 a 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 the Baja California Peninsula with mainland Mexico.
As part of the refit, MS Vidanta Elegant staterooms number was reduced to 149 from 270. The Vidanta cruise ship has all-outside cabins (100%) and its max passenger capacity was also reduced - from 540 down to just 298, while its staff-crew was increased - from 215 to 252.
Suite amenities include personal concierge service by a dedicated staff (assigned to each suite). All cruise suites were fully refurbished. Regardless of cabin category, all passenger staterooms are fitted with smart HDTVs, digital media players (complimentary access to a media library with documentaries, classical concerts, movies), large wardrobe, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single-sink vanity), individual air-conditioning, hairdryer, electronic safe box (in the closet), 2x lower beds or 1x double.
The Vidanta cruise ship has a total of 12 venues (bars, lounges, restaurants), including Almagave Haute Mexican Cuisine, Guo Asian Fusion Restaurant, Montelimar Mediterranean Cuisine, Hivata Buffet (Lido Restaurant), Lobby Bar, Mosaico Cafe, Mosaico Bar, Amura Bar & Entertainment (Theater Lounge), Solana Lounge, Pure Sky Deck, Tlax Snack, midship-located Sundeck with a swimming pool and Pool Bar.
The new ship's wellness complex (Nel Vento Fitness & Spa) is located forward on Deck 5 and consists of Gym, Sauna, Treatment Rooms (for massages), SPA Lounge (relaxation room), Beauty Salon. Most rooms are with floor-ceiling windows.
The list of shipboard entertainment options includes:
ART CLASSES (course in watercolor 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 jewelry-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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