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Explora Journeys celebrates the departure of the luxury cruise ship EXPLORA I

Today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Group Cruises Division celebrated the launch of EXPLORA I, the first of four luxury cruise ships that will eventually make up the fleet of its new brand of luxury all inclusive, Explora Journeys.

The construction of EXPLORA I began in June 2021 and the vessel is expected to enter service at the end of May 2023. Production of the second vessel of the new brand, EXPLORA II, then began in October 2021 and is expected to be completed for delivery by Summer 2024 Two other sister ships are planned to complete the fleet in 2025 and 2026, both also built by Fincantieri.


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Today’s launch ceremony took place in the presence of the Executive Chairman of the MSC Group’s cruise division, Pierfrancesco Vago; and the president of Fincantieri, Claudio Graziano; and Fincantieri CEO Pierroberto Folgiero, among others.

When launched, EXPLORA I will weigh 63,900 gross tons, consist of 14 decks and include 461 of the largest suites and guest residences at sea, all with balconies or waterfront terraces. She will also offer approximately 27,000 feet of outdoor area, three outdoor pools with 64 cabins and a fourth pool with a retractable glass ceiling.

The ship will also feature nine dining options, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, a casino, art gallery, retail outlets, and an indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area with treatment rooms. , fitness equipment, classes and personal training. the offer on board; and the guest-to-host ratio will be 1.25 to 1 to ensure superior service delivery.

The new Explora Journeys brand aims to create a new category of luxury lifestyle travel, catering to the next generation of discerning luxury travelers with a wide range of new guest experiences and activities, incredible amenities and generous public spaces, and a very innovative design. Its entire fleet will be equipped with the latest and most advanced maritime technology to support the environment and sustainability.

The construction of the EXPLORA I and its three sister ships was entrusted to Fincantieri by the MSC group in 2018 and, given that the total order for the four units amounts to more than 2 billion euros (2.16 billion), production continues at a rapid pace. rhythm.

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