Sea trials success for Explora Journeys’ first ship

Fincantieri-built EXPLORA I moves to final preparation phase

Sea trials have been successfully completed by EXPLORA I, the first of up to six ultra-luxury ships for the new brand, Explora Journeys.

Following the sea trials, EXPLORA I will now undergo final preparations before embarking on her maiden journey in July 2023. Explora Journeys will offer discerning luxury travellers an opportunity to experience a truly transformative and purposeful ocean travel experience, reflecting both the essence of each destination visited as well as the brand’s cosmopolitan and vibrant European luxury.

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Construction of the 63,900 GT vessel began on 10 June 2021 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The naming ceremony for EXPLORA I will take place in Civitavecchia near Rome, Italy on 8 July, followed by her maiden journey departing on 17 July from Southampton, UK for a 15-night sailing into Norwegian fjords and the Arctic Circle to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys said “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.

“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,” Ungerer added.

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