First Explora Journeys ship to sail from UK following launch delay

Explora Journeys has confirmed that its first ship will sail its maiden voyage in July 2023, two months later than planned.

Explora I will now depart from Southampton on 17 July, due to “global supply chain complications”, the line’s CEO Michael Ungerer said.

The line added that travel agents and their clients, as well as all guests who have booked directly with the brand, have been updated on the new dates.

Guests have been offered a full refund as well as a full booking value offered as a future journey credit (FJC).

Agents will have the full value of their commission protected already paid on the original booked journey and will receive their commission on the FJC value booked.

Explora Journeys ‘not compromising on quality’

Ungerer added: “From day one, our vision and purpose has been to create a travel and ocean experience like no other.

“This must be truer than ever with the launch of our brand’s first new and ground-breaking class of ships, Explora I.

“To achieve this, we are working with one of the world’s foremost ship and super yacht builders to create the best luxury hospitality brand and experience.

“However, taking into consideration the challenging situation facing the world today including global supply chain complications, we have had to take the difficult decision, agreed with the shipyard, Fincantieri, to update our ship’s coming into service schedule.

“The additional time at the shipyard and at sea prior to her first journey will be utilised to ensure that Explora I can and will deliver to the fullest on our brand’s promise and vision – making absolutely no compromise on quality and luxury.”

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