A new escape to the ocean for a new generation of discerning travelers. This is the mission and the essence of Explora Journeys, the new luxury brand of MSC Cruises Group who celebrated the start of construction of his second ship: Explore II.
With the metal cutting ceremony, which took place on 6 October in Castellammare di Stabia, in the Gulf of Naples, construction work has officially begun on the second of four newly designed luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Explora Journeys.
Explora II should welcome the first guests on board in the spring of 2024. Meanwhile, Explora I is currently under construction, ready to sail the seas and reach sought-after and exclusive destinations for May 2023. Following this, two further new ships will join the fleet in 2025 is in the 2026, testifying to the commitment of the MSC Group to launch the Explora Journeys brand, designed for a new generation of the most demanding travelers in search of luxury and comfort.
With its ships equipped with the latest marine and environmental support technologies, MSC’s luxury brand aims to offer a unique luxury travel experience all inclusive, for those who wish to explore in a different way. The itineraries designed specifically for guests will merge renowned destinations with less traveled ports, offering a cruise dedicated to discovery.
Each ship was designed in collaboration with leading superyacht designers. Explora II will feature the same innovative design as Explora I, and it too will offer 461 spacious suites oceanfront, all with private terraces and generous outdoor space.
The ships have been conceived from a sustainable point of view, which is why they will use technologies for the environment of the latest generation and at the same time they will be ready to adapt to alternative energy solutions, as soon as they are available. Explora Journeys has also created the service “On appointment”, an initiative through which travel consultants will be able to make an appointment with a customer experience representative to discuss and request a waiting list on a specific suite for one or more of the eight maiden voyages, during the first year of Explora I, including the very first maiden voyage of the ship.
The service, which will be maintained indefinitely, underpins a new, totally customer-centric approach, and provides travel consultants with the ability to make an appointment to make a waiting list reservation for their customers, which can then be converted into a final booking at a later date. Waiting list options via the “On Appointment” service for Explora II will be available from spring 2022. In the meantime, reservations for the inaugural season of 2023 open this fall.
The majestic Explora II luxury ship