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Explora I and II sailings through to April 2026 announced

Explora I's October 2024-April 2025 sailings have been revised to support the growth of the brand in North America
Explora II’s maiden voyage will take place in August 2024, with sailings for Explora I and II through to April 2026 announced. 

A range of  seven-, 14- and 21-night voyages are available to choose from for both ships.

Explora II inaugural cruise

Explora II’s maiden cruise is a journey from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, calling: Ibiza, Spain; Port-Vendres, France; Portofino, Italy; Monte-Carlo, Monaco; Port Santo Stefano, Italy. 

Responding to feedback 

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman - cruise division, MSC Group, explained the decision to include shorter itineraries, We have received incredibly high levels of satisfaction from the guests that have sailed with us so far. As the brand continues to grow and expand it is important that we listen to feedback and respond,’ he said. 

‘As such, we have decided to refine our journey planning. We now have regular, shorter seven-night journeys that are convenient for those who have limited time and we have ensured that we feature easily accessible homeports such as Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Miami or Bridgetown.’ 

Citing Explora Journeys’ mantra, he added, ‘We know that time is precious and true luxury is about making memories and meaningful connections – this is the Ocean State of Mind.’ 

Explora I itineraries revised

Explora I’s journeys from October 2024 to April 2025 have been revised so that the ship will sail in the Caribbean Sea to support the growth of the brand in North America. Its winter 2024-25 season starts with a Grand Journey from Barcelona to the Caribbean featuring Bridgetown, Barbados, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, St John’s, Antigua, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Explora I will sail the Mediterranean between April and November 2025 and in winter 2025-26, the ship will offer journeys in the Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula. 

Explora II itineraries 

Following its maiden voyage, Explora II will sail the West Mediterranean until November 2024. It will then cross the Atlantic to offer Caribbean journeys during the winter months. 

Explora II will be deployed in the Mediterranean for summer 2025 with convenient embarkation in Barcelona or Civitavecchia. 

For winter 2025-26, Explora II will operate in the East Caribbean with a range of calls, including: Pointe-a-Pitre; Roseau, Dominica; Little Bay, Montserrat; Marigot, St. Martin.