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Explora Journeys Makes Debut in the US as EXPLORA I Sets Sail in NYC

Explora Journeys Makes Debut in the US as EXPLORA I Sets Sail in NYC

The flagship of Explora Journeys, EXPLORA I, made her debut in the United States as she sailed into the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City.

New York City’s iconic skyline served as the backdrop for a momentous occasion as the new cruise ship EXPLORA I made her maiden call at the port, marking the debut of Explora Journeys in the United States. EXPLORA I is the first of a planned fleet of six ships under the luxury travel brand of the MSC Group.

The maritime tradition of exchanging crests to celebrate a ship’s inaugural visit unfolded aboard the vessel at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Captain Diego Michelozzi, the ship’s master, and Captain Zeita Merchant, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, joined in the symbolic ceremony.

“We are very proud to bring our extraordinary new ship, EXPLORA I, to New York City. New York City is one of the most important destinations in the Northeastern U.S., and it is an honor to showcase our highly anticipated new ship and luxury experience in the North American market,” Explora CEO Michael Ungerer stated in a press release.

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Following this momentous occasion, EXPLORA I set sail on her inaugural East Coast US and Canada voyage. The itinerary includes calls in Boston, Massachusetts, and Saint John and Québec City in Canada. The luxury ship will then sail two additional 7-night journeys along the East Coast before making her way to Miami to begin the Caribbean season.

EXPLORA I in New York Harbor during her maiden call to the port (image courtesy of Explora Journeys)

“Throughout these journeys, our guests will experience the authentic and bespoke experiences offered by Explora Journeys. With best-in-class service, exquisite onboard offerings, and immersive destination experiences, they will reach an ‘Ocean State of Mind.’ A balanced blend of on- and off-the-beaten-path destinations will allow our guests on EXPLORA I to indulge in authentic cultural experiences and a slower pace of travel, leaving them rejuvenated and inspired,” remarked Ungerer.


EXPLORA I boasts the latest environmental and marine technologies, including selective catalytic reduction technology, shore power plug-in connectivity, underwater noise management systems to protect marine life, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy-efficient equipment designed to optimize engine use and reduce emissions.

The new ship embarked on her maiden voyage in July 2023 from Copenhagen, and cruised a number of Northern European itineraries before setting off across the Atlantic.

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Explora Journeys’ fleet is set to expand

The fleet will expand with EXPLORA II entering service in the summer of 2024, cruising the Mediterranean and the Middle East. EXPLORA III and EXPLORA IV, both powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), are scheduled to begin service in 2026 and 2027, respectively.

The brand’s lineup will continue to grow with EXPLORA V and EXPLORA VI, both powered by hydrogen, joining the fleet in 2027 and 2028.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen