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Explora I coin ceremony takes place in Monfalcone

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Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri (centre) with Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Group (third from right) at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard
The coin ceremony for Explora Journeys’ Explora I was held today at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard.

Placing the coins beneath the keel were the ship’s godmothers Alessandra Fontana, chief marketing officer, Explora Journeys who represented the brand and its owners, and Ester Fugazzi, head of general services for Fincantieri, who represented the ship builder.

It is the first of four cruise ships ordered by MSC Group for its new luxury brand at a combined cost of more than €2 billion.

Explora I will be a new-concept ship totally projected into the future…' said Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri. 'Indeed, the partnership with this ship owner is marked by constant technological and design evolution. 

'In a few years, this has led to three different cutting-edge prototypes and has emphasised the unique ability of our Group to create innovation.”

Economic impact

'Italy is important for the entire maritime sector – and our cruise divisions’ €6b expenditure with Fincantieri for four Explora Journeys luxury ships and four MSC Cruises vessels has made a significant economic impact of €27b to the country,'  remarked Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Group. 

He added, ‘The MSC group employs 15,000 people in Italy and will continue to invest in the nation to create further direct and indirect employment opportunities, which in turn leads to a positive contribution to the national economy.’

Fincantieri has been responsible for the build of eight ships for MSC Group to date, including the new Explora Journeys vessels, amounting to almost €6b in orders.

Explora I and Expora II

Construction of the 64,000gt Explora I, which is due to enter service in May next year, began in June 2021.

Construction of Explora II started in October 2021 at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia yard, Naples. The ship will be delivered in autumn 2024 at the Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa with two further vessels set to be delivered in 2025 and 2026, respectively.