Staff, 2022-11-10 02:00:23,
When Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer shares a picture of the lobby in the cruise line’s first ship, he gets the same question over and over. “What hotel is that?'” he told USA TODAY in an interview.
That’s what the new luxury line from the MSC Group is going for. The brand will launch the first of six planned vessels, Explora I, in the summer of 2023, and is aiming to provide an intimate ocean cruising experience, more like a floating boutique resort than a traditional cruise ship.
That applies to the itineraries, which will take passengers places larger ships may not, as well as the accommodations, which consist of 461 suites designed to feel as homey as they do luxe. “Home away from home is a very overused phrase so we call it ‘Homes at Sea,'” Ungerer said.
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Where will Explora I sail?
Explora I will sail its maiden voyage on July 17, 2023, from Southampton in the United Kingdom to Copenhagen, Denmark. The 16-day sailing includes stops in Bruges, Belgium; Brønnøysund, Norway; and Skagen in Denmark, according to the line’s website.
The ship will sail a diverse collection of itineraries in Northern Europe, the East Coast of the U.S., South America and more, visiting nearly 140 ports in more than 40 countries during its first year of service.
Explora Journeys’ sailings will visit a “mix of on and…
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