Explora Journeys brings Chef Mauro Uliassi onboard

Acclaimed chef crafts culinary tasting menu for first guests aboard EXPLORA I

Explora Journeys has struck a partnership with world-renowned Italian chef Mauro Uliassi to curate a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for guests onboard EXPLORA I.

Guests can experience the menu from the Maiden Journey commencing on 17 July until the arrival in New York on 25 September 2023. As the first guest chef at Anthology – one of 11 culinary experiences onboard – Chef Uliassi and his team will showcase an artful blend of tradition and modernity in Italian cuisine.

Chef Mauro Uliassi is renowned for his innovative and inventive approach to Italian cuisine, and his culinary creations have earned him worldwide acclaim, including three Michelin stars.

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Chef Mauro Uliassi

Uliassi’s cuisine reflects his passion for the sea and his deep respect for the environment, as he celebrates the unique flavours and textures of the ocean, making him a perfect fit for Explora Journeys’ ethos of sustainable and locally sourced dining experiences, while creating a culinary “Ocean State of Mind”

Jason Gelineau, Head of Product, Explora Journeys expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Uliassi onboard EXPLORA I and offer our guests the opportunity to indulge in his truly exceptional culinary creations. Balancing contemporary techniques and creativity with a deep respect for regional culinary history, our chefs have one aim: to enhance the memories that guests take with them long after their journey has ended.”

EXPLORA I’s Anthology restaurant is defined as a culinary stage for guest chefs to curate menus in collaboration with Franck Garanger, Explora Journeys’ Head of Culinary, showcasing global

cuisines, along with wine pairings by illustrious winemakers for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

Chef Mauro Uliassi expressed his enthusiasm for the pact, stating, “Having known the group for many years, this collaboration truly is close to my heart. It is a unique opportunity to showcase my interpretation of Italian cuisine and celebrate the beauty and sustainability of the sea. Inspired by the endless treasures of the ocean, I look forward to creating a truly multi-sensory experience for guests dining at Anthology.”

Guests onboard EXPLORA I can expect a carefully crafted menu that showcases the best of Chef Uliassi’s creations, using only the freshest and finest ingredients sourced primarily from local producers.

This new partnership with Chef Mauro Uliassi is another step Explora Journeys has forged towards providing guests with exceptional and immersive experiences.

Dining at Anthology is a one-of-a-kind experience enabling discovery and enrichment, and is not part of the inclusive culinary experiences. The Tasting menu – see right – is priced at EUR 190 per person (approximately AU$315), and the Wine pairing is an additional EUR 75 per person (approx AU$125).

EXPLORA I will be named in Civitavecchia (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.


Cuttlefish tagliatelle with Calvisius Oscietra caviar


Raw Red Shrimp
with mandarin extract, pineapple, sage flowers

Rimini Fest
grilled squid skewer and icy citronette pearls

Tuna “Alla Puttanesca”
tomatoes, basil, anchovies, capers and rocket salad

Marinara Marrowbone
codfish tripe, celery seeds

Pasta and Tomato à La Hilde
in an infusion of fig leaves

Main Course Choices

Beef Fillet Jersey
with prosciutto fat, potato cream, smoked paprika


with roasted mango, morel mushrooms, butter sauce


Smoked Tofu and Roasted Apricot
with horseradish, bay leaf, framboise vinegar reduction, spring onion gravy


strawberry granita, mascarpone and cardamom meringue

Uliassi-style tiramisù, 85% chocolate ice cream


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