Explora Journeys’ newest ship wraps up sea trials

Explora II during sea trials (Photo: MSC Group)
Explora II during sea trials (Photo: MSC Group)

Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle ocean travel brand of the MSC Group, has confirmed that its newest ship has successfully completed her sea trials. Explora II will be the second of a fleet of six luxury ships to be built for Explora Journeys by Fincantieri in Italy.

Like earlier sister Explora I, which was delivered last year, Explora II has a gross tonnage of 63,900, an LOA of 248 metres, a beam of 32 metres, and 461 all-balcony guest cabins in various categories across 14 decks. One of the cabins is an owner's residence with 280 square metres of indoor and terrace space. Some of the other cabins even provide access for wheelchair-bound guests.

Onboard facilities include restaurants, bars, lounges, boutique shops, nine spa rooms, a beauty salon, 1,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor wellness facilities, and indoor and outdoor pools. The vessel is also equipped with selective catalytic reduction technology, shore power plug-in connectivity, a RINA-certified underwater noise management systems to help protect marine life, a smart HVAC system, LED lighting, and other energy-efficient equipment to optimise engine use to further reduce emissions.

This summer, Explora II will begin serving Western Mediterranean itineraries. Stops will include Portofino, Porto Cervo, St-Tropez, Calvi, Mahon, and Monte Carlo, while departures will be from Barcelona and Civitavecchia near Rome.

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