Explora Journeys has finally given us a glimpse of some of the staterooms aboard its upcoming set of sister ships, the first of which, Explora I, is due for delivery in 2023.
Explora Journeys revealed the design and decor for its Ocean Terrace Suites, which it describes as ‘Homes at Sea’ aboard Explora I, although it’s to be expected that her sister ships will have similar accommodations.
The new cruise line, a luxury subsidiary of MSC Cruises, has six ships on order with Fincantieri, and has promised to redefine luxury cruising, positioning the new cruise line in the same segment as Carnival’s Seabourn, Norwegian’s Regent Seven Seas and Royal Caribbean’s Silversea.
Explora Journeys has worked with leading superyacht, cruise and luxury hospitality designers and architects to create the staterooms, which range from 35 sqm (377 sq ft) in the Ocean Terrace category up to 280 sqm (3014 sq ft) for the Owners Residence.
Each of these categories includes a walk-in wardrobe with a seated vanity area and features a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, heated floors in the bathrooms, personal binoculars, wireless bed-side charging, a mini-bar, espresso machine with bio-degradable pods, a kettle and teapot, and a complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest.
There is also 24-hour guest services available and the mini-bar is replenished according to the guests’ preferences.Each stateroom will have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a step-out balcony.
“The Homes at Sea have been a long-held vision of the Aponte Vago family,” said Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys, referring to the family that owns MSC Cruises, and the larger MSC Shipping Company conglomerate.
“It is a truly exciting and profound moment for us to be able to welcome future guests to the carefully curated suites, penthouses and residences,” he added. “We aspire to elevate the ocean experience and luxury travel to new heights, whilst being respectful to the ocean, environment, and the destinations and cultures we discover, to ensure we leave a positive legacy for generations to come.”
The design of each suite has been developed in collaboration with De Jorio Luxury & Yachts projects, and London-based architectural and interior design studio NenMar and incorporates many of the design elements and favourite decor preferences of the Aponte Vago family.
Explora I will have four swimming pools, including one with a retractable roof, and more than 27,000-square-feet of outdoor deck space. Around the main pool there will be 64 private cabanas, hot tubs, and a large LED screen for Princess Cruises-style Movies Under the Stars.
There will also be 9 different dining options, a spa, and fitness center with a separate studio for group classes and personal training sessions. She’ll carry 922 passengers and will spend her inaugural cruise season in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland, Greenland, the US, Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Hawaii, after her May, 2023 delivery.