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Explora Journeys: How the new line aims to revolutionise luxury cruising

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Explora Journeys combines centuries-old seafaring experience with European refinement to introduce a bold new vision for luxury ocean travel.

The story of Explora Journeys is one that starts way back in 1940s Sorrento, with a Neapolitan ferry captain, Gianluigi Aponte, who – together with the Swiss sweetheart he met when she was a passenger on one of his crossings – went on to create MSC, a global shipping operation and the world’s largest privately owned cruise company.

Now this Swiss-Italian seafaring family is fulfilling a lifelong dream and launching Explora Journeys, a modern luxury cruise experience like no other.

Explora Journeys is set to transform ocean travel through chic, stylish ships and the most immersive itineraries, which allow guests to discover further, travel deeper and linger a little longer at each destination.

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Explora I is scheduled to set sail in May 2023

These are enriching holidays for the curious, cosmopolitan traveller who wants to create connections that last long beyond the cruise itself.

On sailings of between seven and 44 nights long, guests will venture both on and off the beaten track, with the Inaugural Journeys Collection covering the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland, USA and Canada, the Caribbean and South America and Hawaii.

Whether that’s treading the cobbled streets of Europe’s capitals and exploring the ancient Acropolis in Athens; navigating the cool of the Norwegian fjords and sailing in the shade of Svalbard’s soaring cliffs; or savouring French chic in Saint Barts, lolling beneath Hawaiian waterfalls and soaking up the sun-kissed shores of Brazil’s buzzing Buzios, Explora Journeys promises exclusive access that goes far beyond the classic luxury cruise experience.

A fleet of luxury ships

Designed in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht specialists and harnessing cutting-edge maritime technology, the first ship in the Explora Journeys fleet sets sail in 2023, with three more to follow by 2026.

European elegance characterises every detail, while the 461 ocean-front suites, penthouses and residences – each with sweeping ocean views from their floor-to-ceiling windows and private sun terraces – offer guests comfortable homes at sea, with unrivalled space and privacy.

More than 27,000 square feet of outdoor space includes three swimming pools and 64 private cabanas, while an indoor pool with a retractable glass roof, and 9,700 square feet for the spa and fitness studios, ensure guests can do as much (or as little) as they like.

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The Explora I lobby and lobby bar

The nine distinct on-board culinary experiences promise something for every palate and provide the perfect setting for long lunches and vibrant evenings.

All this is supported by an industry-leading guest-to-host ratio of 1.25 to 1, allowing for an intuitive, effortless and culturally intelligent service style that makes for perfect hosting.

Each ship in the Explora Journeys fleet will be RINA DOLPHIN certified for reduced underwater noise, while sustainability initiatives include no single-use plastic on board or ashore.

The Explora Journeys team look forward to welcoming guests from May 2023, either on Explora I ’s maiden journey from Barcelona to Athens, or on one of the line’s other seven inaugural journeys.

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