By Published On: 23 Jul 2023

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The World’s newest luxury cruise brand has taken delivery of its first vessel, the EUR500-million Explora I, ahead of its maiden voyage on 1 August this year.

An Ocean Terrace Suite on Explora 1 (rendering).
An Ocean Terrace Suite on Explora 1 (rendering).

Explora Journeys, the luxury venture of the MSC shipping corporation, officially received this first of four vessels during a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

“We have pushed the boundaries of innovation and design to create a ship that embodies our commitment to excellence. With the delivery of Explora I our vision to provide unparalleled luxury experiences has become an incredible reality.”

Michael Ungerer – CEO of Explora Journeys

Indeed, Explora I promises a new standard of European-style luxury at sea. The company tell us the philosophy of the new brand is informed by its roots, with European super yacht and hospitality designers crafting the new vessel.

The 922-guest Explora I has 461 oceanfront Suites, Penthouses and Residences. In addition there is a choice of 6 dining venues, as well as 12 bars and lounges. Not to mention 1 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools, as well as extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas.

The Owners Residence terrace will debut on Explora Journeys Explora 1 (rendering).
The Owners Residence terrace on Explora 1 (rendering).

Explora I also employees the latest environmental technology. There is ship-to-shore power, allowing the vessel to cut engine use in port. Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Systems reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent. While hull and engine room designs minimise acoustic sound impact on the marine environment.

Explora I will set sail her maiden voyage from Copenhagen, Denmark on 1 August 2023. The new vessel with then spend several weeks exploring rarely visited ports in northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic to the Americas.

For more information about the delivery of Explora I visit the Explora Journeys website.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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