Has Vidanta Purchased a Cruise Ship - Newly Named Vidanta Alegria?
April 20, 2017During the March 22 Aimfair Gathering, there was discussion about Grupo Vidanta purchasing up to four or five cruise ships and entering the cruising business for Vidanta members and maybe non-members.
In addition, individuals in the Vida Vacations Sales Department announced that Grupo Vidanta was entering the cruising business for Vidanta members. One source said one of five ships was being remodeled and readied for its maiden voyage sometime this summer. The ship was said to be configured with 240 Luxxe equivalent staterooms and a capacity of up to 600 passengers. All comments were based upon knowledge at the time. Nothing public...until now!
The ship was named Alexander V. Humboldt prior to being purchased by All Leisure Holidays, Ltd. in the 2011 - 2012 time range. You can see photos of the ship by following this link: http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/of/ships/shipid:370333
VOYAGER renamed VIDANTA ALEGRIA for new Mexican owner
APR 13 2017
CRUISE: It appears that the new ‘unnamed’ owners of All Leisure Holiday’s cruise ship VOYAGER are upmarket Mexican hotels and leisure operator Grupo Vidanta, judging by the vessel’s new name.
The ship's history appears on the Net Cruise - Voyager website: http://www.nedcruise.info/voyager.htm
All Liesure Holidays, Ltd. filed for bankruptcy on January 4, 2017.
It certainly did not take long for Grupo Vidanta to act, that's for sure!
Cruise company All Leisure Holidays stops trading
January 4, 2017
Cruise company All Leisure Holidays has stopped trading with immediate effect and called in administrators, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers stranded.
The shutdown of the Atol-protected firm affects cruise lines Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery, and has resulted in nearly 150 people losing their jobs.
The Civil Aviation Authority will help to repatriate the 400 people who are currently abroad, but future bookings for 13,000 others have been cancelled.
All holidaymakers will receive refunds.
Administrators Grant Thornton will manage the affairs of All Leisure Holidays, along with three other travel companies based at a site in Market Harborough.
A total of 250 people worked there, with 50 employed by All Leisure Holidays. All 50 have been made redundant along with virtually all of the company's 100 maritime staff.
The other 200 workers at the Market Harborough site have kept their jobs after the other firms were sold to a subsidiary of Canadian tour operator G Adventures.
Grant Thornton's Eddie Williams said: "Whilst I am extremely pleased to have concluded a sale of the business which safeguards the holidays and bookings for over 13,500 tours and passengers and preserves 200 jobs, I am very disappointed that we have no alternative other than to close the remaining ALH operations.
"The cruise operations have been significantly loss-making over a number of years and the ongoing cost of funding these operations by the tours operations has created significant cash issues for the entire group, which has ultimately led to the administration of all businesses."
Andy Cohen, head of Atol at the CAA, said: "We understand this will be concerning news for anyone who has booked to travel with the company.
"However, the Atol scheme exists for exactly this kind of situation and we are making immediate arrangements so all Atol-protected customers can claim full refunds as quickly as possible."
Vidanta Alegria is now moored in Singapore. We can follow the ship all over the world by logging onto Marine Traffic, a website devoted to tracking all types of ships.
According to information provided by Vida Vacations Sales personnel, the ship's accommodations will be modified and there may be a maiden voyage this summer, if not before. Nothing has been announced yet.
All Leisure Holidays was an upscale cruise and tour company. Following is a description of the company from Travelpulse.com:
Sales Department personnel have indicated Grupo Vidanta may operate a travel and tour agency to help support both the cruise occupancy and the Park hotels. Who knows.....All Leisure Holidays
All Leisure Holidays is a parent-umbrella British company that offers unique experiential cruises under its three brands: Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises. With a determination to shed light on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-path treasures in addition to popular destinations, the company undeniably sails into the heart of its 50-540 passengers with incredible adventures.
Creating a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience, All Leisure Holidays dynamically meets its customers’ highest demands in classic British style, while distinctively setting itself apart with superior services that leaves little to the imagination. These include a high-quality interactive staff that impressively strives to remember every passenger’s name, and inviting guest speakers to not only share their expertise on the featured destinations with profound lectures, but also intermingle with cruisers. As All Leisure Holidays elegantly navigates through the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean & Black Seas, Northern Europe, The Baltic, The White Sea, British Isles, Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Middle East, Far East, India & the Indian Ocean, Africa, Australia, Caribbean, and Latin America, it brings the world to its customers unlike any other small cruise ship company.
However, in order to create a distinctive life onboard and ashore, All Leisure Holidays has the help of its three greatest possessions, which are its beautifully designed and intimate small ships: the Voyager, Minerva, and the Hebridean Princess. Each offers a one-of-a-kind exploration cruise along the world’s best kept secrets and by stopping along various ports so passengers can equally enjoy activities off the ships with comprehensive itineraries and grand voyages with inclusive shore excursions on Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises.
Voyages of Discovery - with space for 540 passengers, Voyages of Discovery‘s newest flagship, Voyager is a contemporary, stylish ship. Adorned with elegant spaces, 270 staterooms with 30 balcony suites, and alfresco dining, its amenities give their guests the liberty to explore its comfortable and relaxed lifestyle at their will. Voyages of Discovery fares now include gratuities along with its award-winning guest speaker program and a variety of enriching workshops.
Swan Hellenic - onboard the Minerva 350 guests are invited to take full advantage of the flagship’s premium-style, personalized amenities which are tailor-made to fit every traveler’s demands precisely. From its renowned guest speakers to its inclusive and meticulously planned shore excursions, this floating country dream home is an extraordinary voyage into history, culture and even the most remote landscapes to grace the earth.
Hebridean Island Cruises - there’s a reason why the all-inclusive luxurious Hebridean Princess is dynamically considered an extraordinary floating castle and why it is the only ship to receive the Queen of England’s stamp of approval - the Royal Warrant. But with unforgettable yet individualized experiences, its 50 guests are rewarded with an exquisite and intimate setting that not only go hand-in-hand with the world’s most exotic landscapes in cruises in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland & Wales, The Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, Northern France, Isle of Man, Norway, but create a world-class sophistication that only All Leisure Holidays can provide through fine dining, unforgettable landscapes, and unparalleled levels of service.
Much to learn and see, don't you agree?