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Explora I embarks on maiden voyage

Explora Journeys takes delivery of first luxury ship, Explora I

Explora Journey’s first ship, Explora I, has set sail on her maiden journey.

The ship is currently sailing a seven night itinerary visiting Lerwick, Shetland Islands and Kirkwall, Orkney before heading to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Explora Journey’s states that the northern European journey “has been designed to emphasise the brand’s ‘ocean state of mind’ philosophy with immersive experiences that aim to reward guests physically, intellectually and spiritually.”

Excursions onboard this maiden journey include exploring Copenhagen’s waterways by kayak, discovering Shetland through its heritage pony breed and exploring the sites inside the Golden Circle in Iceland.

This sailing is the first in a series of upcoming itineraries, which will span across three continents.

Festivities, such as the traditional crest exchange, were held in Copenhagen on 1 August 2023 to celebrate the ship’s first visit to a destination.

Explora Journeys CEO, Michael Ungere,r said: “It is our absolute honour to welcome the very first guests onboard our extraordinary ship and share this special moment with them as we embark on the maiden journey from Copenhagen.

“Our guests will be able to experience the very best European hospitality at sea and our vibrant, cosmopolitan sense of luxury, while discovering some of the world’s most remarkable destinations.

“A new era of transformative luxury ocean travel begins now with the first sailing of Explora I.”

Explora I itineraries

The ship will again call at the port of Copenhagen on August 15, 2023, with a sailing to Hamburg, Germany.

In fact, the ship will spend several weeks in Northern Europe, sailing on a range of different itineraries, and will then cross the Atlantic Sea and will spend the winter in North America and the Caribbean Sea before returning to Europe in summer 2024 for her Mediterranean season.

Explora II is currently being built in Italy, hitting the water in August 2024.

In terms of the rest of the fleet, Explora III will become the first of two LNG powered vessels to join the fleet, due to be delivered in 2026, with Explora IV due in 2027.

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