Explora Journeys’ First Cruise Ship Launch Pushed Back
MSC Group’s new luxury cruise line Explora Journeys has pushed back the launch of its first ship.
Explora I was previously scheduled to debut this coming May. However, the line pushed the launch back by two months, with the vessel now scheduled for its maiden voyage on July 17th, 2023 from Southampton, England. The shipyard has cited “global supply chain complications” as the primary reason for the delay.
Explora I is the first of six planned luxury vessels in the Explora Journeys fleet. Fincantieri shipyard is building the Explora ships.
Antigua Cruise Port Reporting Great Traffic Year
Traffic is building the Caribbean. The Antigua Cruise Port has had a great cruise year, expecting a total of 616,419 guests by the end of its peak cruise season this winter.
From now through December 2022, 182,120 cruise visitors are expected to arrive at the Caribbean island. January is set to be the port’s busiest month, with 79 calls bringing over 135,000 passengers. Antigua expects five-ship days in both December and January, and a seven-ship day in February.
Holland America Partners With The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
Holland America has announced a partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in celebration of its 150th anniversary. The collaboration will include video content by Ellis Island experts shown across the fleet, as well as a special exhibit on Ellis Island detailing Holland America’s involvement in bringing immigrants from Europe to the United States.
Prior to becoming a leisure cruise line, Holland America was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the U.S. Nearly all of the immigrants carried on the line’s ships were cleared for entry through Ellis Island.