Explora II is scheduled to enter service in summer 2024 on an inaugural season in the Mediterranean.
Construction of the 63,900gt ship began in October 2021 at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia yard near Naples where the keel was laid in May 2022.
Work on Explora IV, also LNG-powered, is set to begin in January 2024 with the ship's completion due in early 2027.
€2.3b for four ships
MSC Group's investment for the four Explora Journeys newbuilds is approximately €2.3b.
'Following the successful launch of Explora I and the incredibly positive feedback from the first guests, travel advisors and media, who had a chance to experience the "Ocean State of Mind," the story continues,' Ungerer said. '... We are proud that our four ships are built by Fincantieri, further underlining our commitment to Italy.'
See the just-out September issue of Seatrade Cruise Review for a look inside Explora I