In a traditional maritime moment, the new luxury cruise line from MSC Group's Cruise Division, joyfully takes delivery of their first luxury ship, Explora I, from the prestigious Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

This event marks a decisive step in the MSC Group's growth path as they venture into the luxury travel sector, backed by an investment of over €500 million.

With a total investment plan of €2.5 billion for four ships, the brand aims to redefine luxury travel standards, providing unparalleled experiences that elevate cruising to new heights.

Unveiling Explora I - The Epitome of Luxury Travel

At the heart of this momentous occasion is Explora I, a luxury ship that embodies elegance, opulence, and innovation. From its intricately designed interiors to the breathtaking amenities, Explora I sets a new standard in the luxury cruise industry, promising guests an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

Captain Serena Melani

Image: Captain of Explora I; Serena Malani - courtesy of Explora Journeys


A Niche Experience: Redefining Luxury in the Cruise Industry

As a new luxury lifestyle brand, Explora Journeys carves its path by focusing on a niche experience in the cruise industry.

The luxury brand aims to curate transformative journeys that cater to the discerning tastes of its esteemed guests, setting them apart as a unique player in the market.

Passionate Leaders Charting New Waters

Guiding the vision of Explora Journeys is Pierfrancesco Vago, the Executive Chairman of MSC Group's Cruise Division.

His unwavering passion for excellence and luxury travel is evident in every aspect of Explora I. Together with the MSC Group, he envisions a new era of luxury cruising that promises to redefine the very essence of luxury at sea.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Group's Cruise Division

Image: Pierfrancesco Vago - courtesy of Explora Journeys


Embarking on a Northern European Adventure

As Explora I sets sail on its maiden journey from Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 1, 2023, travelers are in for an extraordinary adventure through the enchanting landscapes of Northern Europe. This seven-night sailing will lead to the captivating beauty of Reykjavik, Iceland, with stops en route at the picturesque Shetland Islands and the historic Kirkwall, Orkney. Explora I's maiden voyage promises to be an unforgettable experience, introducing guests to the art of luxury cruising in the lap of nature's wonders.

Sustainable Luxury

As a new luxury cruise line, Explora Journeys understands the significance of sustainability. With Explora III, one of their upcoming vessels, set to become the first liquefied natural gas-powered ship in their fleet, they exemplify their dedication to preserving the environment while providing unparalleled luxury.


The Future of Luxury Travel with Explora Journeys Vessels

With Explora II currently being built at Fincantieri's shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente, Italy, and Explora IV scheduled for delivery in 2027, the future of luxury travel shines bright for Explora Journeys.

As they expand their fleet of luxury ships, guests can anticipate even more transformative journeys, redefining the luxury cruise experience for years to come.


The delivery of Explora I heralds the dawn of a new luxury lifestyle brand, Explora Journeys, offering transformative journeys and unparalleled luxury experiences on the high seas.

With passionate leadership, commitment to sustainability, and a vision to redefine luxury travel, Explora Journeys is set to create a new legacy in the world of cruising.

Embark on the maiden voyage of Explora I, and immerse yourself in a world of opulence, elegance, and natural wonders as you embrace the 'Ocean State of Mind.'