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Explora Journeys delays maiden voyage as shipyard work continues

While details are scant, this month’s planned launch of the luxury line is now under a cloud.

Explora Journeys has delayed this month's christening maiden voyage of Explora I.

Explora Journeys looks set to delay its launch once again as delivery of its maiden ship from the Fincantieri shipyard has been pushed back due to “supply chain issues”.

The MSC Group luxury brand has said it has agreed with Fincantieri to “make further enhancements” to the ship which will see it remain in the fitting dock for a little while longer.

The ship’s official naming ceremony and christening, to be conducted by legendary oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, has also now been postponed.

According to Explora Journey’s website, the first available voyage is now listed as a seven-night sailing from Copenhagen to Reykjavik on 1 August.

There's no doubt that when Explora I does debut, it will be spectacular.

Explora Journeys’ maiden ship, Explora I, was due to be delivered yesterday, with a maiden 15-night voyage from Southampton to Copenhagen taking place on 17 July, with uncertainty now hanging over both.

The line has declined to name a new date when it will take ownership of its flagship vessel, the first of six to make up the inaugural fleet in coming years.

The brand was originally scheduled to make its debut in May 2023 however, this was pushed back in late 2022 to July of this year. It’s unclear what final modifications are being made to the ship.

Explora I successfully completed its sea trials in April of this year, with the 14-deck vessel being put through its paces and engines given their first proper workout along with comprehensive testing of all other major operational features.

At the time, Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer said the company’s vision and purpose has been to create an ocean travel experience like no other.

“The sea trials are a critical part of the process, and we're pleased that Explora I passed with flying colours. Our team has worked tirelessly to design and build a ship that offers the perfect combination of luxury, adventure, and sustainability, and we can't wait to share it with our guests.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 7 July 2023

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