MSC’s luxury cruise brand has celebrated first ship's christening
Renowned marine biologist and oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle has officially named Explora I as the ship's godmother in the maritime tradition of christening a vessel for good luck.
Explora I, the first of six luxury ships constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in a deal valued at €3.5 billion, began sailing in July 2023 with a series of journeys in Northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic to New York with visits en route to Iceland, Greenland and Canada.
The ship has 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences, six restaurants, 12 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas and nearly 1,000 square metres of wellness and fitness facilities.
Speaking at the ceremony, which was held a the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, MSC Group executive chairman, Cruise Division Pierfrancesco Vago said: “In the world of luxury travel, Explora I is a game-changer. We are offering journeys that redefine the very essence of luxurious ocean travel.
"We are looking to attract a wider group of discerning travellers who have experienced the finest luxury land-based resorts but seek more value, more authenticity, and a deeper connection to the world.”
Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer added: “Today’s event is a significant milestone for Explora Journeys as our first ship Explora I brings to life our vision to reshape luxury travel. We are proud to showcase our first ship in the vibrant city of New York."
Explora II will enter service in summer 2024 and operate until April 2025 in the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East. Explora III and Explora IV will both be powered by liquefied natural gas and enter service in 2026 and 2027 respectively.
Explora V and Explora VI will enter service in 2027 and 2028 respectively and both will have state-of-the-art energy efficiency measures and be capable of using alternative fuels such as bio and synthetic gas.
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