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Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys is the fantastic new luxury brand from MSC Cruises, which will be debuting its first ship, Explora I, in Spring 2023, followed by a new ship each year for three consecutive years. With a capacity of 922 passengers across 461 all-balcony suites and exquisite European design, the Explora ships are firmly positioned in the luxury segment.

Explora Journeys prides themselves on creating cosmopolitan, relaxing voyages at sea. A journey of the mind of the soul, their beautiful fleet offer guests space to restore balance and combine discovery and appreciation for wellbeing and nature.

Explora offers four swimming pools, including one with a retractable roof, nine fantastic dining experiences, and a crew to guest ratio of 1.25 to 1, meaning impeccable and attentive service is paramount to Explora Journeys’ philosophy. The involvement of the Aponte family has been a crucial part of Explora Journeys’ conception and has resulted in personalised and perfected cruising for the next generation of cruise travellers.

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Explora Journeys Itineraries

What's included with your Explora Journeys Cruise?

All luxury Explora Journeys include:


In-suite welcome bottle of champagne and bottle of spirit of choice upon arrival


Sophisticated, varied dining across 10 culinary venues, including in-suite dining

Unlimited beverages

Fine wines and premium spirits, specialty coffees, teas and soft drinks available anytime, including in-suite mini-bar


High-speed, unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the ship


All on-board gratuities


Access to the spa thermal area


Wellbeing and fitness programmes on-board and at destinations

Things to do onboard

Dining and drinks onboard

Explora Journeys brings personality, sophistication and a dash of soul to dining at sea. You will have 10 diverse culinary experiences to discover, including in-suite dining; all distinct but each one created to celebrate global cooking talents, provenance and wholesome ingredients sourced by local partners.

Enjoy effortless cuisine in the all-day restaurant, global concept restaurant, Pan Asian venue, Steakhouse, Mediterranean Grill, International restaurant, al fresco poolside venue, and the Chef’s Kitchen.

Ocean Terrace Suite

Onboard Accommodation

With unrivalled space and privacy – and service that means everything is taken care of – guests can relax into their comfortable homes at sea with their luggage delivered and a chilled bottle of champagne waiting as they undertake their Ocean Journey. Suites start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) with an average size of 42 sqm (453 sq ft), making them among the most spacious for the category.

461 ocean front suites:

  • 1 Owner’s Residence
  • 22 Ocean Residences
  • 67 Ocean Penthouses
  • 371 Ocean Terrace and Ocean Grand Terrace Suites
  • 82 multi-generation-friendly connecting suites


  • Private terraces which are amongst the largest in the category
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows with elegant interiors
  • Spacious walk-in wardrobe with a seated vanity area

Spa, Health and Wellness

From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programmes make keeping well while on holiday effortless and enjoyable. Bespoke wellness experiences at each destination will make relaxation and rejuvenation easily accessible both onboard and ashore.

Excursions, Entertainment and Activities

Explora Journeys are reimagining entertainment with the right vibe for the right time, with the perfect blend of vibrancy and privacy across more than 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges.

Unwind in an effortless, cosmopolitan atmosphere in which to discover, enjoy and appreciate diverse talents from around the world, with sophisticated experiences that eschew formality and scale for effortless style and character. There is even a casino, art gallery, and curated shopping experiences to further enhance your luxury cruise experience.

Enrichment Programmes

Combined with numerous indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck, the ship has been designed with water as a real focal point of the experience - helping our guests discover their ocean state of mind.


Explora Journeys’ innovative and modern ship supports the latest environmental-supporting technologies:

  • Hybrid-ready energy solutions
  • Waste-management and energy-saving solutions
  • No single-plastic used onboard and ashore

Explora Journeys Ships