Explora Journeys unveils ‘Homes at Sea’ staterooms aboard Explora I

Explora Journeys unveils ‘Homes at Sea’ staterooms aboard Explora I

The cruise ship’s maiden journey will depart from Southampton on 17 July 2023

Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, has unveiled the design of its Ocean Penthouses and Ocean Residences on Explora I, the first of a planned fleet of six luxury ships. 

This is the second unveiling of the designs for its 461 ocean-front ‘Homes at Sea’ following a first look at the vessel’s Ocean Suites last year.

The design of the suites, penthouses and residences aims to create an ‘Ocean State of Mind’ with a focus on elements such as natural light, colour, space, privacy and connection with the sea.


Explora Journeys head of product, Jason Gelineau said: “Environmental respect and sustainability have been key in design choices, ensuring a balance between the tactile and visual experience of every material used. Eco-friendly details such as refillable bathroom amenities have also been weaved into suites, and, where feasible, we are sourcing sustainable products including B Corp-certified items. We also have a zero single-use plastic policy on board.”

Ocean Penthouses range from 43 to 68 square metres, while Ocean Residences range from 70 to 149 square metres, making them among the largest in the industry. 

Ocean Residences feature wraparound terraces

The Ocean Penthouses of Explora I offer a retreat with ocean-front floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terraces. Each of the four penthouse types offers a private dining area for four and a large seating area that provides an inviting space for guests to entertain in their suite.

All Ocean Penthouses comprise a walk-in wardrobe with a seated vanity area and a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, heated bathroom floors, binoculars, wireless bed-side charging docks, a personal mini-bar replenished according to the guests’ preferences, an espresso machine with biodegradable pods, a kettle and teapot, and a complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest, plus 24-hour guest services.

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The Ocean Residences offer a panoramic ocean-front terrace with a private outdoor whirlpool, a dining table and sun loungers. There are four types of residences to choose from: Cocoon, Cove, Retreat and Serenity. Different features include wrap-around terraces, separate bathtubs and walk-in-showers.

All Ocean Residences are served by a dedicated team of Residence Hosts providing bespoke butler services 24 hours a day.

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