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EXPLORA I sets sail on maiden voyage from Copenhagen to Reykjavik

The launch marks the arrival of a new era of luxury ocean travel for the Explora Journeys brand.

EXPLORA I is the first ship to join the fleet of luxury lifestyle brand, Explora Journeys by MSC Group. On 1 August 2023, the regal ship embarked upon its maiden voyage, a seven-night sailing that departed from Copenhagen, Denmark for Reykjavik, Iceland. The journey includes stops at Lerwick, Shetland Islands and Kirkwall, Orkney. The ship will spend several weeks in Northern Europe to offer a range of different itineraries, then cross the Atlantic Sea and spend the winter in North America and the Caribbean Sea before returning to Europe in the Summer of 2024 for voyages in the Mediterranean Sea.

a lobby and a dining room
The Lobby; Cocoon Residence. © Explora Journeys

EXPLORA I sets sail

To celebrate the launch, a traditional crest exchange was hosted in Copenhagen before departure, a maritime tradition to celebrate a ship’s first visit to a destination. The ceremony was held on board with the ship’s master Captain Serena Melani, Johan Hoganfalt; Deputy Port Captain, Sune Christensen; Chief Commercial Officer Copenhagen Malmö Port, Klaus Bondam; Director of Cruise Baltic and Cruise Copenhagen; and Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys.

“It is our absolute honour to welcome the very first guests onboard our extraordinary ship and share this special moment with them as we embark on the maiden journey of EXPLORA I from Copenhagen,” said Michael Ungerer, CEO Explora Journeys. “Our guests will be able to experience the very best European hospitality at sea and our vibrant, cosmopolitan sense of luxury, while discovering some of the world’s most remarkable destinations. A new era of transformative luxury ocean travel begins now with the first sailing of EXPLORA I.”

a ship captain accepting a crest
The Crest Exchange. © Explora Journeys

EXPLORA I itineraries

The first in a series of upcoming itineraries which will span three continents, this northern European journey has been designed to emphasise the brand’s ‘Ocean State of Mind’ philosophy with immersive experiences that aim to reward guests physically, intellectually and spiritually. This includes activities such as exploring Copenhagen’s beguiling waterways by kayak, discovering Shetland through its heritage pony breed, and an overnight stay in Iceland to explore the soul-enriching sites inside the Golden Circle. EXPLORA I will also call the port of Copenhagen on 15 August 2023 with a sailing to Hamburg, Germany.

A sitting area and a gym
Yacht Club and fitness centre. © Explora Journeys

When will EXPLORA II, III and IV set sail?

EXPLORA II is currently being built in Italy and will come into service in August 2024. EXPLORA III will become the first of two LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered vessels to join the Explora Journeys’ fleet with the ship due to be delivered in 2026, and EXPLORA IV in 2027.

a restaurant and day spa
A restaurant on board; the on-board spa. © Explora Journeys

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