Explora Journeys has announced the full range of 18 distinct bars, cafes and restaurants aboard its first ship Explora I, due to enter service in May next year.
Explora I will feature 11 dining experiences across six restaurants, as well as in-suite dining, and 12 bars and lounges (eight outdoor and four indoor).
This is in addition to a chef`s kitchen, with all dining and beverage options intended to provide guests with a range of culinary options from across the world.
“Explora Journeys isn’t just an opportunity to travel the world, we also see it as a way for our guests to taste it too, actively discovering new cuisines and experiences,” said Franck Garanger, Head of Culinary at Explora Journeys.
Throughout the year wine selections will reflect the regional areas where the ship sails, while offering long-standing favourite varieties.
“A key element of differentiation for Explora Journeys is our passion for hand selecting and sourcing an eclectic beverage mix, including rare fine wines direct from vineyards, as well as exclusive premium brands, to curate a variety of cocktails including non-alcoholic and organic options,” said Thibaut Briançon, Senior Lead, Food and Beverage Services for Explora Journeys.
“This will ensure our mixologists and sommeliers provide unique experiences for our discerning travellers,” she added.
Restaurants Debuting Aboard Explora I:
Anthology – Anthology is a collection of curated menus showcasing global cuisines, created by guest chefs from around the world, with unique wine pairings in a contemporary, refined space.
Sakura – An immersive, authentic dining experience offering Pan-Asian cuisine, representing Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian with ocean views, bold design and distinct Japanese cues. Asian-influenced beverages, and a Sake sommelier will also be on offer.
Marble & Co. Grill – A European steakhouse experience inspired by the marbling found in fine beef cuts, with personally sourced and sustainably farmed meat. The experience is augmented by an in-house dry ager and a cellar boasting a selection of fine wines.
Med Yacht Club – The Med Yacht Club is influenced by sophisticated, beachside Mediterranean restaurants, embracing the varied cuisines of the region and infusing tastes and textures of Italy, Spain, Greece, and France. Wines will showcase the vineyards of the Mediterranean with fresh juices and cocktails honouring regional ingredients.
Emporium Marketplace – The all-day dining buffet will feature 18 separate cooking stations that evolve throughout the day with cuisines representing every corner of the globe. Features include sushi, fresh seafood and a daily rotisserie offering grilled, roasted, and slow-cooked meats. Pasta is cooked to order, and freshly baked pizzas and bread are on offer as are homemade sandwiches. Charcuterie, fromagerie, boulangerie and patisserie stations enhance the experience A selection of wines, champagne and beverages are available to complement meals throughout the day.
Fil Rouge – A sophisticated and intimate restaurant, offering a global tasting tour of French-inspired international cuisine. An elegant dessert cart tempts with the freshest creations served tableside, and a superb wine selection showcases the best of both the Old and New World vineyards.
Chef’s Kitchen – The Chef’s Kitchen is an immersive experience held in an ocean-front private kitchen setting for 12 guests. A team of culinary experts guides guests in the use of ingredients, flavours, textures, and the cultures that inspired them, regardless of their cooking skills level. An exclusive experience fee applies.
Bars Debuting Aboard Explora I:
Lobby Bar – A central bar and lounge where guests gather to enjoy refreshments throughout the day and night.
Malt Whiskey Bar – Will feature some of the rarest whiskies, complete with a walk-in humidor, cigar expert and dedicated cigar smoking terrace.
Journeys Lounge – Will be one of the ship’s lounges for enrichment and entertainment, evolving throughout the day and night with more details to follow when Explora Journeys full entertainment and enrichment progamme is revealed.
Explora Lounge – Offering 270-degree views of the ocean, this lounge will offer informal drinking and dining with light meals, snacks, and traditional afternoon tea.
Gelateria & Creperie at The Conservatory – Authentic French and Italian indulgencies, in a relaxed, weather-protected poolside environment within The Conservatory.
Crema Café – A bustling, all-day European style café with coffee chosen by selected connoisseurs and a jewellers showcase of pastries, cakes, desserts, including madeleines, canelés, and biscotti.
Astern Lounge – Astern Lounge is the social hub of the ship, with a collection of events suited to every taste. The lounge will host live music, DJ sessions and enrichment insights by day, with live entertainment at night.
Astern Pool & Bar – An all-day poolside lounge for a seaside escape offering chilled beach club vibes, with low background music by day and acoustic musicians and DJ`s as the sun sets, continuing throughout the evening.
Sky Bar on 14 – Set on the ships highest point, a panoramic outdoor lounge serving a range of cocktails.
Atoll Pool & Bar – An intimate pool at the aft of the ship on deck 10 with a chilled ambiance throughout the day.
Helios Pool & Bar – A panoramic `adults-only` pool for the ultimate `chill out` lounge experience.
The Conservatory Pool & Bar – A weather-protected all-day poolside lounge and by night a cinema experience under the stars.