The first steel of the Explora II, the second of four new luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Explora Journeys, the MSC Group’s new luxury cruise brand, was cut today at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard. (Naples).
The order for this class of ships, announced in 2018, amounts to more than 2 billion euros.
The Explora I is currently under construction in Monfalcone, while the Explora II will be built at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) site, with deliveries in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
A traditional maritime ceremony took place today at his shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia near Naples for the first steel to be cut for the second ship. MSC Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer, and Fincantieri Merchant Ships Division Managing Director Luigi Matarazzo attended the event, among others.
“The launch of Explora Journeys’ second vessel marks our firm commitment to our tourism partners to bring our new luxury brand to market with a significant financial investment in a fleet of innovative and stylish vessels, which will bring together our vision and purpose. to create an ocean state of mind like no other. Given our belief in this brand to create a new category of luxury travel, we will continue to invest in its expansion to attract the growing number and aspirations of the next generation of discerning luxury travelers, ”said Vago.
Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, added: “We are greatly encouraged by the tremendous enthusiasm and support we have received so far from the travel consultant community who have trusted Explora Journeys. since our launch in June and for their overwhelming response to our exclusive ‘by appointment’ service and innovative business terms … Explora Journeys has also achieved ‘preferred’ status with a number of major agency groups of travel, an honor that is not normally bestowed on a brand before it goes live, demonstrating unprecedented recognition from the luxury travel industry and reinforcing our commitment and confidence in our strong B2B2C strategy.
According to a press release, the four vessels will have a gross tonnage of around 64,000 tonnes and will be fitted with the latest marine and environmental technologies and solutions available. Each is equipped with 461 guest suites.
Including these four ships, the partnership between Fincantieri and the cruise division of MSC Group currently includes eight ships: the MSC Seaside and the MSC Seaview, delivered in 2017 and 2018, and the two enriched ships Seaside Evo – the MSC Seashore, delivered in July, and its sister ship, MSC Seascape, which will enter service next year.