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Explora partners with Pelorus for pre-/post-cruise activities

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With a Pelorus host, passengers will take a deep dive into the destinations, starting with Scotland and Iceland
Explora Journeys partnered with Pelorus to offer Explora I passengers land-based adventures before or after their cruise.

The collaboration kicks off with two itineraries in Scotland and Iceland in September, each lasting five days.  

In the coming years, Pelorus and Explora Journeys will offer opportunities for passengers to join Pelorus experiences in Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica and Japan, amongst others.

Surpassing expectations

Michael Ungerer, CEO, Explora Journeys said Pelorus will help the brand take 'luxurious adventures and a sense of discovery to the next level.' He added, 'How the two former captains of the British Army reconnaissance regiment co founders use their military precision and training to help craft unforgettable experiences is unique. The ingenuity of the bespoke itineraries created for Explora Journeys is set to surpass expectations.’ 

The remarks were followed by Sacha Rougier, head of itinerary planning and destination experiences at Explora Journeys, who said, ‘Explora Journeys and Pelorus share a brand promise that making a positive and sustainable impact on the world is paramount to our ways of doing business. Creating life-enriching experiences that are rooted in meaning and purpose drives both brands. We look forward to offering these authentic, immersive and impactful experiences.’ 

Co-founder and CEO of Pelorus, Geordie Mackay-Lewis, remarked, 'We have planned some truly unique, memorable and luxury adventures that aim to transform the way our guests see the world. Both brands share a desire to travel with purpose and we look forward to building a strong long term partnership.’

Bookings are open for the Pelrous experiences in Scotland and Iceland via Travel Advisors in the Explora Journeys Experience Centre or via an Explora Journeys Ambassador.


The experience in Scotland will take place September 2-6. From villages to cities to countryside, passengers may participate in activities such as the Braemer Gathering, the world’s most famous highland games, a helicopter trip to the Isle of Skye, and meet an astronomer in the Cairngorms National Park to learn about the stars in the northernmost Dark Sky Park in the world. 

They will join a local wild food forager to find organic ingredients for cocktails and garnishes for the hotel’s chef to incorporate into an evening meal, as well as search for seals in secret lagoons and hike among peaks with mountain guides. 


Passengers will hike, cycle and fly across the Icelandic landscape between September 9-13, taking in volcanoes, waterfalls and glacial lakes.

They will have the chance to fly by helicopter to the luxurious, grass-roofed 13-room retreat Deplar Farm on the northern Troll Peninsula. Renowned for its secluded location and wilderness-inspired activities, passengers can join an Icelandic horse-riding experience in the remote landscape, ride a bike, discover wellness treatments and yoga practices in the wilds and take a helicopter flight to Reykjavik.