Explora Journeys confirms delay of EXPLORA II’s delivery

Five journeys axed as the ultra-luxe ship needs more time for the final finishes

Explora Journeys and shipbuilder, Fincantieri, have announced a joint decision to set a new date for the delivery of EXPLORA II. Originally intended to enter service on 11 August 2024 from Barcelona, EXPLORA II will now debut on 16 September, sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome).

Just last week EXPLORA II successfully completed its sea trials – a key milestone before the 922-passenger vessel changes hands from the builder to operator.

Overnight, the ultra-luxury cruise line and shipbuilding company said that “after careful and detailed reviews of EXPLORA II, it was decided that more time is needed for the final finishes to the ship to guarantee the highest quality luxury standards and to ensure that the new ship delivers to the fullest on the brand’s promise of an unmatched luxury ocean experience.”

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EXPLORA II will now be delivered on 12 September 2024 and the maiden journey will be a seven-night journey, ex Civitavecchia on 16 September, to Sorrento, the island of Lipari, Trapani and Siracusa in Sicily, Valletta in Malta and Tarragona, Spain. Explora Journeys’ itineraries start at seven nights and can be extended to 14 or 21 nights with all departures from easily accessible ports such as Civitavecchia, Italy and Barcelona in Spain, while avoiding repetitions of ports during the combinable voyages.

The EXPLORA II itineraries that have been impacted by the delay include the:

  • 8 night A Journey to Elegant Enclaves on Old European Shores, from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, departing 11 August
  • 7 night A Journey of Storied Italian Islands & Starry Spanish Nights, from Civitavecchia to Barcelona, departing 19 August
  • 7 night A Journey of Riviera Reveries and Italian Icons, from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, departing on 26 August
  • 7 night A Journey of Limoncello Days and Catalonia Nights, from Civitavecchia, departing on 2 September
  • 7 night A Journey Between Star-Studded Riviera Escapes, from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, departing on 9 September

Explora Journeys is contacting guests booked on the voyages affected, either directly or through their travel advisors, to arrange an alternative journey on EXPLORA II or sister ship, EXPLORA I which is also sailing in the Mediterranean Sea.

EXPLORA II will sail this summer in the Western Mediterranean with visits to many less-explored destinations such as Portofino, Porto Cervo, Saint-Tropez, Calvi, Mahon and Monte Carlo with sailings including overnight and longer stays in port.

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