MSC Group’s luxury lifestyle travel brand Explora Journeys has partnered with Travelife for Tour Operators, the international training, management and certification programme for sustainability in tourism.
The line’s first ship, Explora I, will make its maiden voyage in May 2023. The partnership with Travelife provides Explora Journeys’ tour operators and travel agent partners with free access to the Travelife online platform. Agents can also access training, including 16 on-demand sustainability modules.
Explora Journeys chief executive Michael Ungerer, said the line was committed to building and maintaining “a mutual understanding and firm commitment to sustainable tourism.” He added: “Working towards more sustainable travel experiences for our guests is an important part of our vision to become a truly defining and desired luxury lifestyle travel brand.
“Our deep respect for the ocean is the principal component of our journey and out of a deep respect for local communities, our destination experiences are being designed to leave a positive impression and footprint.”
The line said it aimed to create a strong awareness among its partners for effective sustainability planning, maximising social and economic benefits for the local communities in areas its ships will visit and enhancing cultural heritage and reducing environmental impact.
In September 2021 the cruise division of MSC Group pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its cruise marine operations by 2050. The target covers both Explora Journeys and MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises has partnered with Travelife for Tour Operators since 2018.
Explora Journeys has launched an online centre for travel agents with a booking tool, marketing materials and a knowledge suite.