By Dana Niland
Mexican resort brand Vidanta is starting its own boutique cruise brand: Vidanta Cruises.
Grupo Vindata has announced its entry into the cruise industry, following in the footsteps of resort brand Ritz-Carlton, which is already close to debuting its own “Yacht Collection.”
The brand’s first ship, Vindanta Elegant, will welcome members and guests aboard later this year, with its first voyage in the fall of 2019.
“Vidanta is proud to bring a revolutionary new approach to cruising,” said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. “We have built a legacy 45 years in the making based on the extraordinary luxury and personalized service offered by our resort vacations. Now we’re extending that legacy to the open sea while utilizing our unique perspective as a Mexican company to give access to the hidden gems of the coastline and rarely offered transformative cultural experiences.”
The launch marks Mexico’s first-ever luxury cruise line.
Voyage itineraries are being finalized, and will offer guests “the experience of the luxury lifestyle of Vidanta, combined with the freedom of a cruise vacation,” according to the company.
The ship features 149 staterooms and suites and a one-to-one passenger-to-crew ratio.
Guests will also have their own Personal Concierge assigned to their cabin.
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.
Vidanta Elegant’s culinary offering will include a pair of award-winning chefs.