Luxury Ocean Cruises
Featuring vibrant, modern and relaxed European design, the all-new cruise line Explora Journeys pairs immersive itineraries visiting worldwide locations on and off the beaten track, with a luxurious, boutique home at sea. Launching in July 2023, they aim to restore the balance between adventure and relaxation with a focus on wellbeing and wellness on board, while slowing down the journey, giving you ample time to explore each destination in detail. While at sea expect all-inclusive gourmet dining, fine wines, premium spirits, generous outdoor spaces and all-ocean-front suites, helping you discover your ocean state of mind.
Homes at sea
Inspired by rich European heritage, Explora Journeys aims to create a refined and effortless experience, taking elements from only the most luxurious hotels, spas and restaurants in Europe for use on their two new ships – EXPLORA I and EXPLORA II. On board, you’ll find a seamless combination of boutique-style suites with modern amenities focusing on a reconnection to the natural elements of each curated journey. Inviting spaces with elegantly designed interiors, natural tones, soothing accents and unique pieces adorn the halls and lounge areas throughout. No detail has been spared, as hosts tend to every need, meaning guests can focus on the journey ahead.
Explora Journeys: Homes at Sea
Lobby, EXPLORA I
All ocean-front Suites
While exploring the far corners of the globe, you’ll experience stunning landscapes, storied ports and ever-changing horizons without compromise, sailing between destinations in your ocean-front suite. Designed with refined elegance in mind, each suite, penthouse and residence offers floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces – meaning you’ll never miss a moment at sea. Expect space, privacy and a welcome bottle of perfectly chilled champagne.
Ocean Penthouses offer a sumptuous retreat with ocean-front floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terraces to unwind and relax. Each of the four penthouse types offers a distinctive private dining area for four and a large seating area that provides an inviting space for guests to entertain in their suite, as well as a calm, comfortable place to spend time and relax.
Spacious Ocean Residences offer effortlessly elegant spaces with separate living, dining and sleeping areas, a panoramic ocean-front terrace with a private outdoor whirlpool, a dining table and sun loungers. All Ocean Residences are served by a dedicated team of Residence Hosts providing bespoke butler services 24 hours a day.
Ocean Terrace Suite, EXPLORA I
Explora’s all-inclusive dining experience* will be tailored and sophisticated, bringing with it a dash of soul and personality. With 6 restaurants on board, you’ll discover myriad options from Sakura's pan-Asian cuisine to the Marble & Co Grill steakhouse to the fresh Mediterranean flavours of the Med Yacht Club you'll savour fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local partners and drawing on regional influences and healthy choices.
And for that special occasion, Anthology restaurant will showcase the talents of some of the world's most celebrated guests chefs, with three-Micheln starred chef Mauro Uliassi creating an exceptional 8 course tasting menu for EXPLORA I's inaugural cruises.
Alongside the restaurants, you’ll also find a coffee lounge, poolside dining, culinary school and in-suite dining available on all journeys.
*Experience fee applies to two venues
Fil Rouge, EXPLORA I
Lounge & bars
Aside from the suites and restaurants, indoor and outdoor lounge areas will offer a sanctuary to relax and reflect on the adventures of the day. And, with included fine wines and premium spirits throughout, guests will be able to enjoy wines from the world’s renowned vineyards, sip on an aged Scotch whiskey or enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic out on deck, without having to worry about the bar bill. With no less than 12 bars and lounges to choose from - 8 indoor and 4 outdoor - you'll be spoilt for choice.
Sky Bar, EXPLORA I
Health & wellbeing
During each journey, guests will enjoy plenty of free time at sea to rejuvenate body and mind. Indeed, with a focus on health and wellbeing, each ship will offer a state-of-the-art fitness centre with tailored programmes as well as bespoke wellness experiences at each destination. That’s alongside a panoramic running track and the option of group classes so you don’t have to go it alone. For those looking to relax and unwind, there will also be a choice of refreshing pools on board, including one with a retractable roof, so you can enjoy a swim no matter the weather. And, each ship will have a generous indoor and outdoor holistic centre complete with specialised treatments and thermal pools.
The Conservatory Pool, EXPLORA I
Partnership with Steinway & Sons
Steinway & Sons fine handcrafted grand pianos have set the standard since 1853 and are the choice of many leading pianists.
Starting with EXPLORA I’s maiden journey, acclaimed and up-and-coming pianists recognised for their virtuosity will enthral guests with live performances that reflect the regions through which the ship will sail. Furthermore, three Steinway Spirio high resolution player pianos will be onboard each of Explora Journeys ships. In addition to being played live by performing artists, the amazing Spirio technology will allows guests to enjoy recitals by iconic pianists at the world’s great concert halls.
With new ships and a new philosophy, Explora Journeys strives to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly experience both on board and during port visits, from ancient heritage sites to delicate marine habitats. With no single-use plastics on board and ships that will use a combination of hybrid-ready energy, waste management, water treatment, energy-saving systems and smart technology, they’ll set new environmental standards for the wider cruise industry. All that alongside carefully selected partner programmes to further enhance in-port sustainability and environmental awareness. Explora Journeys' passion for and commitment to the oceans is most clearly illustrated by the appointment of Dr. Sylvia Earle, the world-renowned oceanographer, explorer, and conservationist, to be Godmother to EXPLORA I.
Explora Journeys’ inaugural itineraries perfectly mix old favourites with destinations far off-the-beaten track destinations. Whether you want to uncover UNESCO treasures in the Caribbean, explore the rugged coasts of Iceland, Greenland and Canada or stay closer to home with a cruise around the north coast of Scotland, their curated programmes are designed to showcase the very best in each destination, in depth and in the company of expert guides. To help inspire, you’ll find one of their itineraries detailed below.
New ship launch: EXPLORA I
With a launch date in mid-2023, the EXPLORA I will be the first ship to sail the open oceans and seas around the world for Explora Journeys and will combine the ultimate in modern amenities, European elegance and luxury touches. While the ship is not yet complete, their inaugural journeys are available to book, and our experts suspect they'll sell out quickly. Give them a call today and start planning your journey.
Aft pool, EXPLORA I
Early booking offer - save up to 5% of cruise fare
Book by: 30 June 2023
Following ancient Arabian trade routes, this is your chance to discover and explore some of the most revered treasures of the ancient world with luxury cruise line Explora Journeys.
Early booking offer - save up to £335 pp
Book by: 30 June 2023
Sail in luxury with Explora Journeys as you take in the rich history and abundant nature of the Caribbean, visiting everywhere from Barbados to Bonaire and beyond.
Cruise from Reykjavik to New York aboard the all-new EXPLORA I. Discover Iceland, Greenland and Canada's hidden gems as you visit remote coastal communities and majestic Arctic fjords.
Save up to £485 pp
Book by: 16 June 2023
Explore Scotland's spectacular coast as you set sail from Southampton in style with Explora Journeys. Discover urban gems, storied lochs and remote isles on this in-depth luxury voyage.