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Explora I

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The first ship in the Explora Journeys' fleet, Explora 1 takes luxury cruising to new heights. A superyacht in design and feel, guests will feel well and truly pampered thanks to the high crew-to-guest ratio, relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces and all-suite accommodation. Offering opulent dining experiences within Anthology, Pan-Asian cuisine in Sakura and other decadent options onboard, you’ll be taken on a culinary journey throughout your getaway. Sailing everywhere from the Mediterranean to South America, adventure awaits around every corner on Explora 1.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 2023
Tonnage 64000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 8
Number Of Decks 14
Number Of Elevators 10
Number Of Pools 1
Number Of Restaurants 10
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1924
Crew 909
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities


Fine dining is at the heart of luxury cruising, and Explora 1 is no different. With six distinct restaurants, each of which showcase a different world cuisine using sustainably sourced ingredients, no two meals are the same during your time onboard. What's more, thanks to no set dining times, guests can dine when and where they like. Some of the top culinary highlights include:

  • Anthology - featuring guest chefs, global cuisine and a delightful selection of wine pairings (an additional cost applies)
  • Sakura - expect decadent Pan-Asian cuisine with expansive ocean views
  • Fil Rouge - exquisite French-inspired cuisine in an elegant setting
  • Med Yacht Club - taking inspiration from relaxed beachside Mediterranean restaurants, it offers delicious Mediterranean dishes in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Marble & Co. Grill - a European steakhouse with a divine selection of meat dishes and fine wines


Sophistication and relaxation is a must onboard Explora 1, and when it comes to evenings onboard, there are plenty of different spaces to unwind and soak up the feeling of life on a luxury ship.

Whether you choose live entertainment or to sip on your favourite drink in one of the bars and lounges, you'll love every moment on Explora 1 once the sun sets. Plus, with al fresco venues as well as indoor bars and lounges, you'll truly be able to make the most of being at sea. Some of the top entertainment highlights onboard Explora 1 include:

  • Crema Cafe - a modern cafe offering breathtaking sea views, inspired by European cafe culture
  • Malt Whisky Bar - perfect for any whiskey lover, this relaxed bar set within the Explora Lounge has an extensive range of whiskeys to enjoy
  • Journeys Lounge - a comfortable lounge located next to the Astern Pool, featuring live music, enrichment insights, DJ sessions and more
  • The Conservatory Bar - an indoor bar located next to the pool surrounded by greenery and comfortable loungers
  • Astern Bar - an all day bar with beach club vibes, live music and outdoor dining available from the nearby Sakura restaurant

Things to do

Onboard Explora 1 there is a wealth of luxurious amenities for you to enjoy. Spanning 14 decks, you can spend your getaway taking full advantage of all it has to offer. If you’re looking for some much-needed rest and relaxation, the onboard Ocean Wellness Spa is perfect. Offering indulgent treatments, alongside an opulent steam room, Hydrotherapy pool, salt cave and more, you’re guaranteed a tranquil experience.

Alternatively, if you want to continue your fitness journey throughout your time onboard, you can enjoy a workout within the fully-equipped, state-of-the-art fitness centre or a swim in the 4 pools. There are also fitness classes available within the fitness studio, open-air equipment so that you can exercise whilst taking in picturesque sea views and in-suite Technogym equipment.

Explora Journey's also offer an array of masterclasses onboard their fleet, including an art of mixology masterclass in the Malt Whisky Bar and the chance to get to know the musicians onboard; where you'll learn how they improvise, compose and write songs. An extraordinary ship, MSC Explora 1 has it all.

Useful Information

For those wanting to enhance their time onboard, guests can enjoy an immersive culinary experience within the Chef’s Kitchen. Available at an additional cost, it is suitable for 12 guests and gives you the opportunity to learn about how to cook and prepare dishes with a variety of flavours and ingredients with the guidance of a culinary expert.

Explora 1 is also one the most sustainable cruise ships, with features onboard such as a recycling and solid waste management system, a Ballast water treatment system and shore to ship power capabilities. Find out more by reading our blog - Top 5 Most Environmentally-Friendly Cruise Ships.

Exciting news! Explora Journeys’ Explora I now features SpaceX’s Starlink. This improved internet service offers you faster internet speeds, lower latency when streaming, and better Wi-Fi connectivity in cabins and public areas. With two tailored packages available, the Browse Internet Cruise Package and the Browse & Stream Cruise Package, you will be able to choose the right package for you!

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