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Explora Journeys – lovely to meet you

Due to agent feedback, Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle ocean travel brand of the MSC Group, has extended its inaugural wave promotion, “Total Luxury Offer”, until 29 February 2024.

Guests can continue to benefit from up to 40 per cent savings on their journey when they book either an Ocean Terrace Suite or Ocean Grand Terrace Suite on EXPLORA I or EXPLORA II up to April 2026, on reservations made by 29 February 2024. Likewise, benefit from a 10% deposit and EUR 200 per person per booking Journey Experience Credit for onboard spending.

Explora Journeys offers the most luxurious guest experience at sea and a deeper immersion into local cultures on land.

Koray Savas, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Explora Journeys said: “Explora Journeys takes pride in curating itineraries that feature off-the-beaten-path destinations as well as marquee ports, providing a unique blend of relaxation and exploration, while allowing ease of access. Our European art of hospitality is seamlessly integrated into each journey, allowing those travelling with us to experience the warmth and authentic charm of these diverse destinations in effortless luxury and comfort. With a host-to-guest-ratio of 1:1.25, we offer a truly personalised experience for every guest onboard.”

The combinable itineraries are carefully designed to allow a more leisurely travel experience, enabling travellers to extend their time in each destination with overnight stays in port, fostering a deeper immersion in the local culture and environment. At each stop, Explora Journeys ensures guests have the chance to explore genuine cultural, historical, and culinary treasures from an extraordinary vantage point.

The combinable itineraries of 7, 14 and 21 nights include iconic ports like Mykonos (Greece), Ibiza (Spain), Venice (Italy), Istanbul (Turkey) and Athens (Greece), along with unique off-the-beaten-path destinations and smaller ports such as Rovinj (Croatia), St. Tropez (France), Porto Cervo (Italy), Portofino (Italy), Syros (Greece), Calvi – Corsica (France), and Marmaris (Turkey). Guests can embrace the effortless style of Mediterranean living as they explore a rich medley of cultural, historical, and culinary delights.

Koray Savas further added: “EXPLORA I and EXPLORA II, which will join our fleet in August 2024 with her inaugural sailing from 11 August, offer the discerning traveller the ultimate way to experience the Mediterranean this summer. From sunrise to sunset, guests can indulge in truly European luxury both onboard and in our carefully curated destinations. We stay longer in ports, offer overnight stays, and choose unconventional arrival and departure times to ensure a truly unique experience – far away from the crowds.”

Explora Journeys’ ships offer refined yet effortless luxury and thanks to their spacious design, they offer an incredible richness of experiences, all whilst maintaining a feeling of intimacy and exclusivity.

Among the generous inclusions on each journey are:

  • In-suite welcome bottle of champagne upon arrival
  • Authentic, cultured and intuitive service from our team of hospitality experts
  • Nine distinct culinary experiences, including in-suite dining
  • Unlimited beverages, fine wines and premium spirits, speciality coffees, teas and soft drinks available anytime, including in-suite mini-bar
  • Access to the spa thermal area
  • Wellbeing and fitness programmes on board and at the destinations
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the ship via Starlink connectivity
  • Shuttle services from port to city centre (where applicable/available)


Guests have the chance to explore the vibrant landscapes of Hawaii and the US Pacific Coast from March to May 2024 onboard EXPLORA I, or the captivating ports of the Mediterranean from June to November 2024 onboard EXPLORA I and EXPLORA II from August 2024.

Hawaii & US Pacific Coast:

From the city of Vancouver to the stunning volcanic islands of Hawaii, sailing across the Pacific Ocean lets guests enjoy a journey where time loses its pull and allows to connect with the rhythm of the waves to reach an “Ocean State of Mind”.

Highlight itineraries include:

Mediterranean Sea:

In summer 2024 Explora Journeys invites travellers to uncover the hidden secrets of both the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Sea, where guests can immerse themselves in the tastes and scents of the sea breeze, fragrant herbs, and citrus tones, while discovering a rich blend of cultural, historical, and culinary wonders.

Highlight itineraries in the Western Mediterranean on EXPLORA II include:

  • A Journey from Barcelona to Rome
    • Nine nights, 11 to 19 August 2024, Barcelona (Spain) to Civitavecchia Rome (Italy)
    • Visiting Ibiza (Spain), Marseille (France), Genoa (Italy), Portofino (Italy), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Porto Santo Stefano Argentario (Italy)
    • From £4,377.50 per guest
  • A Journey from Rome to Tarragona
    • Seven nights, 16 to 23 September 2024, Civitavecchia Rome (Italy) to Tarragona (Spain)
    • Visiting Sorrento (Italy), Lipari Aeolian Islands (Italy), Trapani Sicily (Italy), Siracusa Sicily (Italy), La Valletta (Malta)
    • From £3,150 per guest

Highlight itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean on EXPLORA I include:

 A Journey to Boho-chic Beaches and Lands of Legends

    • Seven nights, 30 August to 6 September 2024, Piraeus Athens (Greece) to Marghera Venice (Italy)
    • Visiting Patmos (Greece), Corfu (Greece), Otranto (Italy), Zadar (Croatia)
    • From £3,570 per guest

A seamless and efficient booking process is available via the digital booking suite Dedicated concierge services including flight, hotel and transfer bookings are available.

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