Explora Journeys reveals culinary and beverage options

Explora Journeys reveals culinary and beverage options

Explora Journeys has revealed the culinary and beverage options guests can expect on its first luxury ship.

There will be a total of 18 venues on board Explora I, which is due to set sail in May 2023.

The line said it will “showcase 11 culinary experiences across six vibrant restaurants plus in-suite dining, as well as 12 bars and lounges (eight indoor and four outdoor)”.

In addition, a Chef’s kitchen will allow guests to “discover and enjoy diverse flavours from around the world, inspired by the ocean state of mind”, according to Explora.

Throughout the year wine selections will reflect the regional areas where the ship sails, and an exclusive mixology programme has been curated.

Restaurants include Anthology – defined as a collection of selected works of art or music reflecting the restaurant – Sakura, an immersive experience offering Pan-Asian cuisine; Marble & Co. Grill, a European steakhouse; and the Emporium Marketplace, among others.

As for bars and lounges, the Lobby Bar will be the “ideal spot to enjoy refreshments throughout the day and night”, while the Explora Lounge will provide 270-degree views of the ocean. Others include the Gelateria & Creperie at The Conservatory and the Astern Pool & Bar.

Explora Journeys promising a ‘journey of discovery’

Explora Journeys head of culinary Franck Garanger said: “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.

“Set to deliver refined dining experiences, that embrace authenticity and sustainability, we ensure each guest leaves with memories of their culinary journey on board, being the finest at sea.”

Senior lead, food and beverage services Thibaut Briançon added: “A key element of differentiation for Explora Journeys is our passion for hand selecting and sourcing an eclectic beverage mix, including rare fine wines direct from vineyards, as well as exclusive premium brands, to curate a variety of cocktails including non-alcoholic and organic options.

“This will ensure our mixologists and sommeliers provide unique experiences for our discerning travellers.

In July, Explora released its first set of destination experiences, as part of the inaugural Mediterranean itineraries for Explora I.

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