MSC Group’s brand-new luxury cruise line Explora Journeys has just announced that the launch of its first vessel has been delayed due to supply chain issues.
“From day one, our vision and purpose has been to create a travel and ocean experience like no other,” said Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys. “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.”
Instead of launching in May 2023 as previously planned, Explora I is now scheduled to depart on her maiden voyage on July 17, 2023 from Southampton, England.
Ungerer continued, “The additional time at the shipyard and at sea prior to her first journey will be utilized 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, our primary objective.”
Guests who were booked on one of the vessel’s first voyages have been offered a full refund as well as a 100 percent future cruise credit. Travel agents will have the full value of their commission protected that has been already paid on the original booked cruise.
Explora I will feature 461 oceanfront suites and residences starting at 377 square feet. The vessel will be 14 decks tall and include three outdoor pools, one indoor pool with a retractable glass roof, nine restaurants, and both indoor and outdoor spa and fitness areas.