First ‘Explora Journeys’ luxury cruiseship

Cruiseship MSC Explora I ready to sail

by Port News Editorial Staff

Today, MSC Crociere took delivery of the Explora I  from Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone.  The Explora I  is the first of four vessels belonging to the MSC Group’s new luxury cruise brand ‘Explora Journeys’.

According to the Executive Chairman of the MSV Group’s cruise division, Pierfrancesco Vago, the four ‘Explora Journeys’  ships are expected to generate an impact on the Italian economy of over 10 billion euros. In terms of employment, the construction of each ship requires over 7 million hours’ work  and an average of 2,500 workers  for two to three years.

On August 1st the  Explora I will depart on for its maiden voyage from Copenhagen in Denmark. The Explora II is currently being built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente and will come into service in August 2024. The Explora III will be the first of two ships running on liquefied natural gas to join the ‘Explora Journeys’  fleet, with delivery scheduled in 2026. The Explora IV  is set to be delivered in 2027.

Translation by Giles Foster

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