European Elegance Introduced to the Oceans of the World
September 2022 | By Explora Journeys | 7 minute read |
New luxury cruise line Explora Journeys combines centuries-old seafaring experience with superlative European refinement to introduce a bold new vision for luxury ocean travel.
Explora Journeys is set to transform ocean travel through a synergy of the chicest ships and the most immersive itineraries that allow guests to discover further, travel deeper and linger a little longer at each destination. These are enriching holidays for the curious, cosmopolitan traveler who wants to create connections that last long beyond the cruise itself.
On sailings between seven and 44 nights long, guests will venture both on and off the beaten path, with the Inaugural Journeys Collection covering the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland, USA and Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Whether that’s treading the cobbled streets of Europe’s hallowed capitals and exploring the ancient Acropolis in Athens; navigating the crystalline cool of the Norwegian fjords and sailing in the shadows of Svalbard’s soaring cliffs; or savoring French chic in Saint Barths, lolling beneath Hawaiian waterfalls, and soaking up the sun-kissed shores of Brazil’s buzzing Buzios, Explora Journeys promises exclusive access that goes far beyond the classic luxury cruise experience.
Designed in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht specialists and harnessing cutting-edge maritime technology, the first ship in the Explora Journeys fleet sets sail in 2023, with five more to follow by 2028. European elegance permeates every detail, while the 461 suites, penthouses, and residences - each with sweeping ocean views from their floor-to-ceiling windows and private sun terraces - offer guests comfortable homes at sea, with unrivalled space and privacy. More than 27,000 sq feet of outdoor space includes three swimming pools and 64 private cabanas, whilst an indoor pool with a retractable glass roof, and 9,700 sq feet for the spa and fitness studios ensure guests can do as much (or as little) as they like. The sophisticated and varied culinary experiences across 18 venues, including six restaurants, five lounges and in-suite dining promise something for every palate and provide the perfect scene for long, languorous lunches and vibrant evenings. All this supported by an industry-leading guest to host ratio of 1.25 to 1, allowing for an intuitive, effortless, and culturally intelligent service style that makes for the perfect hosts on-board.
With the founding family as passionate about preserving the sea as they are exploring it, each ship will be RINA DOLPHIN certified for reduced underwater noise whilst sustainability initiatives include no single-use plastic on board or ashore. All six ships in Explora Journeys’ fleet will be equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies and will also feature the latest selective catalytic reduction technology to enable a reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent, be equipped with shore power plug-in connectivity to reduce emissions in port and fitted with underwater noise management systems to help protect marine life. All six vessels will also have a comprehensive range of onboard energy efficient equipment to optimize engine use to further reduce emissions.
The Explora Journeys team look forward to welcoming guests from May 2023, either on EXPLORA I’s maiden journey from Barcelona to Athens, or on one of the other seven Inaugural Journeys.
Explora Journeys was born from a long-held vision of the founders, the Aponte Vago family. With the family’s nautical heritage of over 300 years coupled with their innate understanding of luxury, the family have carefully curated the design of the suites, penthouses & residences to create a luxurious home at sea. The design reflects the brand’s philosophy of creating an Ocean State of Mind, thanks to light, color, space, privacy, and connection with the sea.
Exquisitely designed to stimulate the senses and enhance the connection with the ocean, the Aponte Vago family has worked meticulously in collaboration with some of the world’s foremost superyacht, cruise and luxury hospitality designers and architects. The innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design, to create luxurious, serene, and spacious ‘Homes at Sea’ ranging from 35 sqm (377 sq ft) in the Ocean Terrace category up to 280 sqm (3014 sq ft) for the Owners Residence.
Each suite has been created with simplicity and comfort as the focus and presents unrivalled space and privacy to offer a real ‘Home at Sea’. The lead in category Ocean Terrace Suites and the 39 sqm (420 sq ft) Ocean Grand Terrace Suites are some of the largest in the industry, and feature their own private terrace, between 7-11 sqm (75-118 sq ft), creating an extension to the living space complete with daybeds and an alfresco dining area, bringing guests closer to the ocean.
Elevating the suites to a luxurious home, each ‘Home at Sea’ comprises a walk-in wardrobe with a seated vanity area and features a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, heated floors in the bathrooms, personal binoculars, wireless bed-side charging, a personal mini-bar replenished according to the guests’ preferences, espresso machine with bio-degradable pods, a kettle and teapot, and a complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest. 24-hour guest services also ensure every desire or request is provided.
Explora Journeys offers a unique culinary and beverage `journey of discovery` across a total of 18 distinct venues when it welcomes guests on board EXPLORA I for its Inaugural Journey in May 2023.
A celebration of global culinary talents, cultures, and passions, EXPLORA I will showcase 11 culinary experiences across six vibrant restaurants plus in-suite dining, as well as 12 bars and lounges (eight indoor and four outdoor) and a chef`s kitchen where guests can discover and enjoy diverse flavors from around the world, inspired by the Ocean State of Mind. Whether in the elegant interiors, by a pool or on a suite’s private terrace, every venue will be distinct and created for memorable experiences. EXPLORA I offers a curated choice of restaurants, bars, and lounges, each of which blend vibrancy with privacy, in an effortless atmosphere.
Throughout the year wine selections will reflect the regional areas where the ship sails, while offering favorite grape varietals. Sommeliers will constantly source boutique wine labels to build an inspiring menu with truly interesting selections. For example, Chardonnay will not come from the expected places such as the Napa Valley, but regions where there are interesting, emerging and niche choices such as Switzerland and other European countries.
An exclusive mixology program has been curated including a signature `Ocean State of Mind` cocktail using gin made with seaweed algae. Exclusive wine, whiskey and spirit tastings, pairings, cocktail-making masterclasses and ‘Meet the Winemaker’ events will be held onboard, as well as wine-themed destination experiences ashore.
Multiple dining experiences have been carefully created to celebrate global cooking talents, provenance and wholesome ingredients sourced by local partners.
- Anthology – Anthology is defined as a collection of selected works of art or music reflecting the restaurant that acts as a culinary stage for guest chefs to curate menus showcasing global cuisines.
- Sakura – An immersive, authentic dining experience offering the finest Pan-Asian cuisine, representing Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian.
- Marble & Co. Grill – A redefined European steakhouse experience., inspired by the marbling found in only the finest beef, serving exceptional cuts, personally sourced and sustainably farmed.
- Med Yacht Club – A relaxed celebration of the flavors, ambience, and dolce vita of the Mediterranean.
- Emporium Marketplace – Effortless all-day dining, bringing the global culinary talent and produce to the fore to offer diverse cuisines with a focus on quality produce, inspired by local destinations.
- Fil Rouge –A common red thread that unites international flavors with a French influence. A sophisticated and intimate restaurant, offering a global tasting tour of French-inspired international cuisine.
Explora Journeys offers unlimited beverages, fine wines, and premium spirits, including in-suite minibar, specialty coffees teas and soft drinks available any time. For connoisseur guests or those wishing to elevate their experience or celebrate a special occasion, an ultra-exquisite selection of wines, spirits, and liqueurs, will also be available for an additional fee.
Guests can enjoy inclusive dining and beverage experiences in restaurants, bars, and lounges onboard. In addition, for those who are seeking to indulge in an award-winning dining experience, Anthology offers menus curated by the worlds` most celebrated chefs and pairing by illustrious winemakers for a one-of-a-kind guest chef experience onboard. An exclusive experience fee applies.
Explora Journeys features Destination Experiences with a unique blend of well-known destinations discovered through a different lens, and lesser-known ports, rarely visited by cruise ships.
At every destination, Explora Journeys will provide inspiring opportunities for guests to discover authentic cultural, historical, and culinary delights from an extraordinary perspective.
Experiences are tailored to small, intimate groups, from 2 to 25 guests. Always with an emphasis on exclusive, off-the-beaten-track encounters focused on a slower pace of travel to allow guests to fully immerse themselves in each destination, whilst not leaving their mark on the places they explore
Destination experiences are categorized into five different interest types to help curate the ultimate tailored adventure.
Beyond Boundaries: Once-in-a-lifetime, soul-stirring experiences for active travelers who enjoy pushing their boundaries and changing their perspective on the world. For example, a private tour to world renowned Premier Grand Cru Classé Château Margaux, a legendary estate north of Bordeaux, France, and its innovative cellars.
Tailored Experiences: The travel equivalent of haute couture, these highly exclusive experiences are customized for those who value rarity in its most authentic form. Guests can embark on a helicopter adventure with fascinating aerial views of the Médoc peninsula in France, enjoy swimming and snorkeling on a private sail around the Maltese islands or explore the magic of Lisbon, Portugal, via a tuk tuk.
Enchanting Explorations: Meticulously designed to usher in the next level of exclusivity for small, intimate groups to witness exclusive moments, that are off limits to most. Guests can choose to connect with nature through forest therapy and forest bathing near Porto, Portugal, enjoy the sense of wellbeing and calm that comes from yoga flow at dusk in Ibiza, Spain or drive a classic Citroen 2CV through the country lanes of Normandy/France, attend a very exclusive visit of the Pope`s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo or a private cocktail party at the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz, on the Portuguese Riviera.
Boundless Discoveries: These expanded must-do experiences include hidden wonders and VIP access for unbridled finesse. There are chances to learn from the locals, with an intimate flamenco masterclass in captivating Cadiz, Spain, or a photography class on the beautiful island of Mykonos, Greece. Guests can enjoy a scenic hike into history at Notre Dame de la Serra in Calvi, Corsica, France, or handpick, brew and bottle Balearic healing herbs in Ibiza, Spain.
In-Country Immersions: Designed as multi-day overland experiences with luxury accommodation before or after sailing, these are opportunities for guests to delve deeper into the culture of the countries they visit in intimately sized groups.
From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programs 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.
Over 700 sqm (7,535 sq ft) of indoor and outdoor spa facilities for pure relaxation and wellness include:
- Over 270 sqm (2,906 sq ft) of fitness facilities
with the latest equipment
- A panoramic running track
- Wellness experiences in each destination will make
relaxation and rejuvenation enjoyable onboard and ashore
- Bespoke balanced nutrition and sleep programs
- A fitness studio for group or personal training
Generous outdoor decks – offering more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) of spectacular sea views – combined with numerous indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck:
- Three heated outdoor pools
- 64 private cabanas
- Multiple indoor and outdoor whirlpools
- One indoor heated pool with retractable glass roof, largest and only in category at 1,200 sqm (12,917 sq ft)
Immerse in Ocean Journeys
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