Explora Journeys has marked the keel laying for Explora II at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. It will be the second of four luxury ships for the new luxury lifestyle travel brand of the MSC Group, and is set to be delivered in summer 2024.
The keel laying event at Castellammare di Stabia was attended by senior executives from the line and shipbuilder. Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer said: “We are thrilled to witness this key milestone for Explora Journeys, which signals our firm commitment to launch a luxury lifestyle brand that incorporates effective sustainability planning and maximises social and economic benefits for the communities that our ships will visit, and leave a positive legacy for the next generation.”
Explora II will be fitted with 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences. It will feature nine restaurants, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities and a range of entertainment offerings.
Explora Journeys has partnered with Travelife for Tour Operators, the international training, management and certification programme for sustainability in tourism. It gives tour operators and travel agent partners free access to the Travelife online platform.