21 June 2023






1 min

One of more than 5 ships named in honour of the French science fiction writer JULES VERNE was a cruise liner built in Spain.

She was built as yard no 185 at Union Naval de Levante in 1990 for Commodore Cruise Line as CROWN MONARCH trading 1994 then sold to Crown Cruise Line , operating as NAUTICAN until 1996 and WALRUS until 2007 and from 2007 to 2008 she was sold to the French line Champs Elysees of which she used to be seen at Grand Harbour.


She was chartered to the Spanish based Vision Cruises.

With 150.72 m as length (loa) her passenger capacity is 298 souls with 252 crew members with 4 decks and 149 cabins.

In 2008 she was sold and renamed ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT II  and chartered to Phoenix Reisen.

During December 2012, she  joined the company Voyages of Discovery as VOYAGER of which she was seen in 2013 at Malta, following a drydock refurbishment at UK.  Since All Leisure Group’s bankruptcy in 2017, VOYAGER was moved to Navantia Shipyard, Cadiz, Spain.

Following a drydock in 2017/2018, the liner re-entered service for her new owner Grupo Vidanta under the name VIDANTA ALEGRIA . However, in June 2018 she was renamed VIDANTA ELEGANT.

1974 founded 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.

During her stays she was berthed at Valletta Cruise Port  – which they are our SPONSORS too for a lifetime.





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