Explora Journeys Unveils Dining & Beverage Experiences

6 Restaurants · 12 Bars and Lounges · In-Suite Dining · Chef’s Kitchen

Explora Journeys’  unique culinary and beverage “Ocean State of Mind” experiences will debut on EXPLORA I, during its inaugural season beginning in May 2023. The onboard dining experiences will feature a curated choice of restaurants, bars, and lounges, each of which blend vibrancy with privacy.

Celebrating global culinary talents, cultures, and passions, EXPLORA I will showcase culinary experiences in six restaurants, as well as 12 bars and lounges (eight indoor and four outdoor). Guests will discover and enjoy diverse flavors from around the world in the unique Chef’s Kitchen.

“Explora Journeys isn’t just an opportunity to travel the world, we also see it as a way for our guests to taste it too, actively discovering new cuisines and experiences. Worldly and well-travelled, our team bring enthusiasm for provenance along with a plethora of stories about the rare ingredients, which are hand-selected just for Explora Journeys,” said Franck Garanger, Head of Culinary, Explora Journeys.

Throughout the year wine selections will reflect the regional areas where the ship sails, while offering favorite grape varietals. Sommeliers will constantly source boutique wine labels to build an inspiring menu with truly interesting selections.

An exclusive mixology program has been curated including a signature Ocean State of Mind cocktail using gin made with seaweed algae. Exclusive wine, whiskey and spirit tastings, pairings, cocktail-making masterclasses and ‘Meet the Winemaker’ events will be held onboard, as well as wine-themed destination experiences ashore.

Explora Journeys offers unlimited beverages, fine wines, and premium spirits, an in-suite minibar, speciality coffees teas and soft drinks. For connoisseur guests or those wishing to elevate their experience or celebrate a special occasion, an ultra-exquisite selection of wines, spirits, and liqueurs will also be available for an additional fee.

Whether in the elegant interiors, by a pool or on a suite’s private terrace, every venue will be distinct and created for memorable experiences.


Dining Venues


For those who are seeking to indulge in an award-winning dining experience, Anthology offers menus curated by the world’s most celebrated chefs and pairings by illustrious winemakers for a one-of-a-kind guest chef experience onboard.


Sakura offers Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors for a taste of authentic Pan-Asian cuisine with Asian-influenced beverages and a Sake sommelier. The welcoming space takes inspiration from Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

Marble & Co. Grill

This redefined European steakhouse serves exceptional cuts of beef, personally sourced and sustainably farmed in an understated yet sophisticated environment. The experience is augmented by an in-house dry ager and a cellar boasting a superb selection of fine wines.

Med Yacht Club

The Med Yacht Club is influenced by sophisticated, beachside Mediterranean restaurants, embracing the varied cuisines of the region – infusing tastes and textures of Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and North Africa – while incorporating plant-based, vegetarian and wholesome ingredients. Wines showcase the rich vineyards of the Mediterranean, with fresh juices and cocktails honoring regional ingredients.

Emporium Marketplace

Emporium Marketplace is an all-day dining experience that offers diverse cuisines inspired by local destinations. Cuisines representing every corner of the globe are prepared at 18 separate cooking stations. A selection of wines, champagne and beverages are available to complement meals.

Fil Rouge

A sophisticated and intimate restaurant, Fil Rouge offers a global tasting tour of French-inspired cuisine, where guests can take their time to appreciate both the cuisine and the intimate ambience. An elegant dessert cart features enticing creations and a superb wine selection showcases the best of both the Old and New World vineyards.

Chef’s Kitchen

The Chef’s Kitchen is an immersive experience held in an ocean-front private kitchen setting for 12 guests. Explora’s team of culinary experts guides guests through a journey of new ingredients, flavors, textures, and cultures. A private dining room is the perfect venue for guests to savor the incredible dishes they created, paired with superb wines from the ship’s sommeliers.

In-Suite Dining

Guests can enjoy refined dining in the comfort of their suite or private terrace. Available 24 hours, the menu offers guests a taste of each of Explora’s unique dining destinations.

Sky Bar on EXPLORA I

Sky Bar

Bars and Lounges

Crema Café – Stylish interior offer comfortable lounge seating where guests can relax and enjoy specialty coffee, high-quality teas, or refreshing cold-pressed juices. Pastries, cakes, and desserts are also available.

Lobby Bar – A central gathering social bar and lounge, set amongst high-end boutiques, provides the ideal spot to enjoy refreshments throughout the day and night.

Explora Lounge – With spectacular 270-degree views of the ocean that provides a spectacular backdrop to this informal lounge, where guests can enjoy light meals, snacks, and traditional afternoon tea.

Malt Whiskey Bar & Cigar Bar – Set within the Explora Lounge, offers a refined tour of global whiskey regions, including some of the rarest whiskies. Complete with a walk-in humidor, cigar expert and dedicated cigar smoking terrace.

Journeys Lounge – The most spacious onboard lounge features mixology specialists, enrichment activities and cabaret-style entertainment evolving throughout the day.

Astern Pool & Lounge – The social hub of the journey and an all-day seaside escape offering chilled beach club vibes with live music and DJs as the sun sets.

Atoll Pool & Bar  – An intimate pool at the aft of the ship on deck 10, with a chilled ambiance throughout the day. Guests can enjoy the sun and sea along with sparkling and colorful drinks.

Helios Pool & Bar – Inspired by the Ancient Greek god of the sun, this adults-only pool on and bar located on deck 12 is the ultimate chill out lounge experience.

Explora Lounge

About Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys is a luxury lifestyle travel brand from the MSC Group. Defined as ‘The Ocean State of Mind’, Explora Journeys believes that the ocean connects us with ourselves, and the people and places around us. The Ocean State of Mind creates an energy that inspires inner and outer discovery, broadens horizons and triggers new connections. Its first ship, Explora I, will set sail on its inaugural season in May 2023, and is the first of a planned four-ship fleet.

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