MSC Group’s new luxury cruise line, Explora Journeys, has officially started construction on its second ship, Explora II.
The line hosted a steel cutting ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, attended by key executives, including Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the cruise division of the MSC Group; Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys; and Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the merchant ships division, Fincantieri.
Explora II should welcome its first guests in spring 2024. Explora’s first ship, Explora I, is currently under construction for launch in May 2023. Two more vessels are expected to join the fleet in 2025 and 2026.
“The start-up of Explora Journeys’ second vessel marks our firm commitment to our tourism partners for the marketing of our new luxury brand with a significant financial investment in a fleet of innovative and elegant vessels, which will bring together our vision and in the goal of creating an ocean state of mind like no other, ”said Vago.
“Given our faith in this brand to create a new category of luxury travel, we will continue to invest in its expansion to attract the growing number and aspirations of the next generation of discerning luxury travelers. “
READ MORE: MSC Cruises announces its first winter program in Northern Europe
Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, added: “We are greatly encouraged by the tremendous enthusiasm and support we have received so far from the community of travel advisors who have trusted Explora Journeys since then. our launch in June. “
Explora II will have the same design as Explora I, offering 461 oceanfront suites all of which include private terraces. The ships will use the latest technologies to support the environment, such as the incorporation of provisions for battery storage to enable future hybrid power generation and the use of the latest selective catalytic reduction technology which enables reduction 90% nitrogen oxide emissions.
Built with ship-to-shore power capabilities to avoid CO2 emissions at berth and powered by marine diesel, this is in line with MSC Cruises’ commitment to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions in its cruise operations by 2050.
Explora Journeys has created an industry’s first ‘by appointment’ service, where travel counselors can schedule an appointment with customer service to chat and place a waitlist on a specific suite for one or more of the following. eight maiden voyages during Explora Iis the first year. Waiting list options via the “By appointment” service for Explora II will be available from spring 2022.
READ MORE: Details on MSC Group’s New Luxury Cruise Line Explora Journeys