Cruise ShipsPast and Present

MV Vidanta Elegant (ex Crown Monarch (1990)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8709573

MV Vidanta Elegant

Ex Vidanta Alegria, Voyager, Alexander von Humboldt, Alexander von Humboldt II, Walrus, Nautican, Crown Monarch

© Marc Piché

© Marc Piché (05/09/1992)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Union Naval de Levante SA, Valencia (Yard No 185) for Palm Beach Cruises SA (Grundstad Maritime Overseas Inc), Panama

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $96 million
  • Length: 152.5m (overall),125.49m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 19.8m
  • Depth: 7.1m
  • Draught: 5.815m
  • Tonnage: 15,396 gross/5,817 net/1,384 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 9-cylinder Bergen-Normo diesels
  • Propulsion/Propellers: 13,240 kW/2
  • Speed: 18 knots
  • Capacity: 580 passengers (1990)
  • Crew: 240
  • Passenger Decks: 7
  • Call Sign: 3EGA8, C6WC2
  • MMSI Number: 309695000
  • IMO Number: 8709573
  • Official Number: 20116-PEXT
  • Registry: Panama 🇵🇦, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸

Current AIS Location

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October 30th 1988: Keel laid.

October 25th 1990: Completed.

October 30th 1989: Launched.

November 1st 1990: Delivered to Palm Beach Cruises SA (Grundstad Maritime Overseas Inc), Panama. Registered manager; Seahawk Asia Ltd.

© Marc Piché

© Marc Piché (Port of Montréal, 05/06/1992)

December 1st 1990: First cruise from Palm Beach, USA.

1990: Sold to Cunard-Crown (Division of Cunard Line)

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc (08/06/1994)

1994: Sold to Lines International, Singapore, and renamed NAUTICAN.

1996: Reverted to Crown Cruise Line SA, San Diego, California, renamed WALRUS. Sailing as a casino ship out of Singapore.

1996 -1997: Trading under Heaven Star in Hong Kong.

1997: Trading under Neptune in Hong Kong

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Hong Kong, 0204/2000)

September 10th 2001: Casino Ship in Hong Kong.

2006: Registered owner; Club Cruise Entertainment & Travelling Services Eu.

July 31st 2006: Sold to Champ Elysees MV, Ltd, Panama.

August 2006: Arrived in Genoa, Italy.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Genoa, 01/08/2006)

April 23rd 2007: Registered in Bahamas, home port Nassau. Renamed JULES VERNE.

© Carlos Poveda

© Carlos Poveda

March 1st 2008: Renamed ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT II.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Bremerhaven, 22/04/2008)

May 1st 2008: Chartered to Phoenix Reisen, Germany. Renamed ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT.

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover, May 2008)(all)

December 2008: Laid up in Brendo Shipyard, Bremerhaven.

September 8th 2009: Towed from Bremerhaven to Tilbury.

© Ken Smith © Ken Smith  

© Ken Smith (both)

November 2009: Bought at auction by All Leisure Group. Manager; V. Ships Leisure U.K. Ltd

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Limassol, 21/10/2010)

© Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes (19/06/2011)

September 1st 2012: Renamed VOYAGER.

© Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (23/05/2013)

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse  

© Erwin Willemse (07/06/2015)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (23/07/2016)

January 4th 2017: The All Leisure Group consisting of the cruise operators ‘Voyages of Discovery’ and ‘Swan Hellenic’ ceased trading and were placed into administration. The Voyager is currently laid up in Singapore.

“Eddie Williams, David Dunckley and Matthew Richards of Grant Thornton UK LLP have been appointed joint administrators of All Leisure Holidays Limited (“ALH”) on 4 January 2017.

ALH provides holidays on 2 cruise ships, the Minerva and the Voyager under the brand names Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.

Regrettably, and due to the adverse financial position of ALH, the business has ceased to trade resulting in the majority of employees being made redundant and the cancellation of all future voyages.”

March 13th 2017: Sold to Hoteles Dinamicos Sa De CV. Nassau, Bahamas

August 2017: To be renamed VIDANTA ALEGRIA.

October 2017: Entered dry-dock in Cadiz

March 10th 2018: Left Cadiz for further refurbishment in Naples. 

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Naples, 10/08/2018)

June 1st 2018: Renamed VIDANTA ELEGANT.

© Tony Davis

© Tony Davis (Naples)

January 15th 2019: Refurbishment completed and left Naples for Mexican West Coast where she began cruising in the Mexican Riviera.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tony Davis, Carsten Dettmer, Gerolf Drebes, Frank Heine, Marc Piché, Yvon Perchoc, Carlos Poveda, Ken Smith, Robert J Smith and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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