MSC Group’s new luxury cruise line Explora Journeys has announced that its first vessel has successfully completed sea trials.
Explora I will be the first in a fleet of up to six vessels to be built for the cruise line by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
Following the sea trials, the vessel will now undergo final preparations before embarking on her maiden voyage in July 2023. Construction of the 63,900 gross ton Explora I began on June 10, 2021 in Monfalcone, Italy.
“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,” said Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys.
“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.”
The naming ceremony for Explora I is scheduled to take place in Civitavecchia, Italy on July 8th, followed by her maiden voyage departing on July 17th from Southampton, England. It will be a 15-night Norwegian fjords sailing that concludes in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Spanning 14 decks, the ship will feature six unique restaurants and 12 bars and lounges, in addition to four swimming pools and a variety of indoor and outdoor wellness and fitness facilities.
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