By Published On: 26 May 2023

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A brand new ultra-luxury cruise line is about to make its debut. Explora Journeys, owned by the MSC shipping group, will launch its first vessel this July.

The 922-guest Explora 1 will make its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to Copenhagen, Denmark on 17 July 2023. The 15-day sailing will introduce guest to a new style of luxury cruising as it explores the Norwegian fjords and Arctic Circle.

Explora 1 will boast 461 oceanfront suites, Penthouses and Residences, not to mention a choice of 6 restaurants, 12 bars and lounges, 4 swimming pools, and extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas.

The best suites a at sea

The best suite on Explora 1 will be the magnificent Owner’s Residence. This spacious 280 sq. m. / 3,014 sq. ft. suite boasts separate living and dining areas, a private fully-stocked bar and a gracious master bedroom, not to mention an enormous outdoor terrace with private infinity whirlpool.

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

“Every aspect of the design of our Owner’s Residence reflects the meticulous curation of all details. We have partnered with renowned brands to provide an unparalleled experience for our guests.”

Jason Gelineau – Head of Product, Explora Journeys

In addition to the Owners Residence there are also multi-room Ocean Residences and one-bedroom Penthouse Suites.

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

However, most guests will stay in Ocean Terrace Suites. These 35 sq. m. / 377 sq. ft. entry-level suites are the largest in their class. They feature a stylish combined sleeping and sitting area, walk-in closet with vanity, a marble bathroom and a sun terrace with chaise lounge. Grand Ocean Terrace Suites have an even larger veranda.

Explora Journeys will debut an ultra-luxury fleet

Explora 1 is the first of up to 6 vessels for the new ultra-luxury cruise line. Indeed, a second vessel is already under construction. Each of these cruise ships will meet the highest standards of sustainability, with the latest environmental and marine technologies

The Swiss- based cruise line tell us the Explora Journeys brand stems from the owners’ long-held vision to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury cruisers. Indeed, they promise the line will uphold the highest standards of legendary Swiss hospitality. When Explora Journeys makes its debut guests can expect an immersive ocean experience with ‘respectful and intuitive hospitality’. 

Explora I will be christened by renowned oceanographer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy on 8 July 2023.

For more information 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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