Inaugural Itineraries for Explora II Unveiled

Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, has announced the inaugural itineraries of its second ship, Explora II, launching in summer 2024, are now open for booking. A new set of journeys and destinations will allow guests to explore classic and off-the-beaten-path locations in the MediterraneanMiddle East, IndiaIndian Ocean and Africa, marking the first time the luxury lifestyle brand will sail in these regions.

Offering 25 journeys and 14 extended journeys from August 2024 through April 2025, the itineraries will include 82 unique ports across 26 countries. At each stop, guests will have opportunities to discover the local nature and culture through exclusive activities.

Explora II will first traverse the Mediterranean reaching ports in Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Croatia, where guests will immerse themselves in the ancient history of each country, enjoy their traditional and signature culinary flavors, and soak up the surrounding art, colors and architecture. An array of activities awaits Explora II’s guests who will be able to visit such cities and islands in the Mediterranean as Rome, Sicily, Menorca—the gastronomy capital of 2022—to then reach the Eastern Mediterranean with the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kalamata and Corfu.

After exploring Israel, Explora II will pass through the Suez Canal and allow its guests to enjoy Egypt. The ship will then sail onto the Arabian Peninsula towards Saudi Arabia, cruising the coastline of the Red Sea and visiting the world-heritage sights of Al Ula and Hegra. Explora II then sails to the Arabian Gulf to visit the vibrant cities of Doha, Dubai and Abu DhabiExplora II will then reach the coast of India where guests can explore the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, as well as Goa, Kochi and Mumbai

The voyage of discovery will continue to the islands of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles and Maldives to then reach the natural sanctuaries of Africa with stops in Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. White sand beaches and crystal waters will give way to the Serengeti savannah where guests will be able to experience eco-tented safaris with elephants and leopards. 

F&B venues onboard of Explora II will comprise 12 bars and lounges, as well as six restaurants. Chef Franck Garanger, head of culinary at Explora Journeys, will present original menus with local and fresh ingredients, all taking inspiration from the destinations visited. The outlets will offer varied and healthy options.

Good to know: Explora Journeys will continue to utilize the latest in environmental-supporting technologies. Comparably to the first ship of the fleet, Explora II will offer the latest selective catalytic reduction technology, enabling a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen emissions. The ship will also be RINA DOLPHIN-certified and is being built with ship-to-shore power capabilities to avoid CO2 emissions while at berth. Aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the brand recently announced that Explora III and Explora IV will have LNG engines, while Explora V and Explora VI will not only have an LNG engine, but will be hydrogen-powered with industry-first tech. 

Bookings for Explora II are now open. For more, visit

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