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Explora I Completes Successful Sea Trials

Explora I Completes Successful Sea Trials

MSC Group’s luxury cruise line, Explora Journeys, has announced that Explora I has victoriously completed her sea trials.

This fleet, consisting of six luxury vessels, will be built by one of the finest shipbuilders in the world, Fincantieri, in Italy.

After the triumphant sea trials, Explora I will be undergoing her final preparations before the maiden voyage which is taking place in July 2023. The ship will offer travellers a unique opportunity to experience a transformative, ambitious ocean experience. From the choice of exotic destinations combined with the brand’s cosmopolitan, European luxury style.


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On the 10th June 2021, construction of this beautiful vessel began at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monflacone.

The naming ceremony will be taking place in Civitavecchia on 8th July with her maiden voyage departing from Southampton on 17th July 2023. This will take guests on a 15-night sailing into the Norwegian Fjords and Arctic Circle to Copenhagen.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer, explorer and conservationist, has been announced as the ship’s Godmother.

Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys said “Our vision and purpose from day one has been to create an ocean travel experience like no other and we are thrilled that the first of our ground-breaking new class of ships, Explora I will start sailing in July 2023. The sea trials are a critical part of the process, and we’re pleased that Explora I passed with flying colours. Our team has worked tirelessly to design and build a ship that offers the perfect combination of luxury, adventure, and sustainability, and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

Explora I Design

The interior is being designed with brand’s philosophy of creating an ‘Ocean State of Mind’ at heart. Explora I is a modern, European-style, boutique hotel at sea.

A total 14 decks at 16,000 sqm will offer unrivalled guest-to-space ratios in the luxury ocean category. Alongside a 1:1.25 host-to-guest ratio to help ensure high levels of service.

The 461 ‘Homes at Sea’ have an average size of 42 sqm. It includes an Owner’s Residence, 22 Ocean Residences and 67 Ocean Penthouses, besides 301 Ocean Terrace and 70 Ocean Grand Terrace suites.

Also onboard will be 11 culinary experiences, six restaurants and 12 bars and lounges. There’s ongoing entertainment, indoor and outdoor wellness and fitness facilities. There are three outdoor pools and one indoor pool and 64 private cabanas.

Sustainable Technology

Explora Journeys is dedicated to creating ships for the future by utilising the most cutting-edge technology available and preparing for the eventual use of alternative energy sources.

Explora 1 has onboard systems to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90%, redistribute heat and advanced wastewater treatment systems. Plus the vessel cuts underwater noise and minimises engine use at ports where shore-to-ship power is available. There is also state-of-the-art recycling management on board for all aspects of waste.

Call us on 0800 810 8481 to book your next Explora Journeys cruise.

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