Naming ceremony for Explora Journeys’ Explora I

A naming ceremony has been held in New York City for Explora I, the first of six luxury ships constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

The vessel, construction of which started in the summer of 2021, began sailing in July. It features a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) which Explora Journeys – the luxury travel brand of MSC Group – says reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% as well as shore power capability.

‘In the world of luxury travel, Explora I is a game-changer,’ commented Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, Cruise Division, MSC Group ahead of the naming ceremony. ‘We are offering journeys that redefine the very essence of luxurious ocean travel.

‘We are looking to attract a wider group of discerning travelers who have experienced the finest luxury land-based resorts but seek more value, more authenticity, and a deeper connection to the world. Explora Journeys is the answer by giving you a way to discover off the beaten track destinations by sea, all whilst enjoying some of the best real estate in the world.

‘With a further five ships joining the fleet in the next five years, we are committed to delivering the same unique experience on board, wherever you are in the world.’

As previously reported, the second ship in the six-vessel series, Explora II, was floated out at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard last month. In the same month, the first steel was cut on the third vessel, the LNG-fuelled Explora III. Construction is set to start on the fourth vessel, which will also be powered by LNG, in January 2024.

In late September, it was announced that Fincantieri would be building an additional two Explora vessels. These LNG-fuelled ships will pursue the use of liquid hydrogen with fuel cells for their hotel operations while docked in ports.

Image: Explora Journeys

Rhys Berry