The first steel of Explora 1 the first of four new-concept luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Explora Journeys, the new luxury brand of the cruises division of MSC Group, was cut last week. The order for this class of ships, announced in 2018, is worth a total of over €2Bn. Explora 1 will be built at the Monfalcone yard with delivery in 2023.
The operation took place in San Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine) at the Centro Servizi Navali, a company specialised in logistics and production of sheet metal for the Fincantieri yards located in North Eastern Italy. Attending the event were, among others, Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, and Fabio Gallia, General Manager of Fincantieri.
This milestone marks the launch of Explora Journeys, the new luxury brand created for the next generation of most demanding travellers. The ships will be delivered one per year between 2023 and 2026 and will provide guests journeys of discovery through destinations on and off the beaten path.
All four vessels will have a gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technologies and solutions available. Each equipped with 461 guest suites, they will also showcase a highly-innovative design.
Including these four vessels, the partnership between Fincantieri and the cruises division of MSC Group counts eight ships to-date: MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, delivered in 2017 and 2018, and the 2 two enhanced Seaside Evo ships MSC Seashore, to be delivered next month, and her sister ship, which will enter into service next year.