Explora I is the first ship to join the fleet of Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group. The $550 million ship was delivered in late July at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Explora I’s delivery ceremony marks a new chapter for the brand, one that offers its guests a transformative and purposeful ocean travel escape, celebrating discovery in all its forms.
Explora Journeys has also introduced unconventional arrival and departure times as well as overnight stays in ports, designed to allow guests extended time in each destination. Itineraries will also feature lesser-traveled ports.
Explore the amenities and features of Explora Journeys – including the high-end accommodations, culinary experiences, original entertainment, and onboard wellness program.
Explora I began her inaugural season in August 2023 with a seven-night maiden voyage from Copenhagen to the Shetland Islands and Kirkwall, Orkney before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The ship will spend several weeks in Northern Europe and Greenland with a range of different itineraries. The ship will then cross the Atlantic Sea to spend the fall along the East Coast and the winter in the Caribbean, Central and South America before exploring the Pacific Coast and Hawaii in the spring.
Explora I will return to Europe in the summer 2024 for voyages in the Mediterranean Sea.
Explora Journeys has created a range of extraordinary special offers and benefits for their customers. Several of them are highlighted below. (On all offers, check with us for complete Terms & Conditions.)
Early Booking Benefit
Save 5% on your journey fare when you book your travel and pay in full. All journeys and all suite categories, including the Inaugural Journeys Collection, are eligible for this benefit.
Extended & Grand Journeys
Combine multiple journeys to create your ideal holiday and save up to 10% on your journey fare. Savings depends on cruise length and suite category.
Book an Explora cruise with a 10% refundable deposit (instead of the usual 25% deposit). Available on any journey and suite category. Offer ends August 31, 2023.
Exclusive Air Bonus
Book select journeys and enjoy special summer savings of up to $825. Offset air arrangements costs and enjoy the ease of smoother travel. Offer ends August 31, 2023. (Savings is based on current exchange rate at time of publication.)
Exclusive Welcome Match
Loyalty members of other cruise lines or hotels will enjoy a Journey Experience Credit of up to $225 when you book your first Explora cruise. (Savings is based on current exchange rate at time of publication.)
High Tech Luxury Fleet
All of the ships in Explora Journeys fleet will be equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, including selective catalytic reduction technology, shore power plug-in connectivity, underwater noise management systems to help protect marine life, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy efficient equipment to optimize engine use to further reduce emissions.
The line’s second ship, the Explora II, is currently under construction in Italy and will begin sailing in August 2024. Explora III will become the first of two LNG-powered vessels (liquefied natural gas) and is scheduled for delivery in 2026 followed by Explora IV in 2027.