Would you pay $9,000 a night for a cruise on a ship that hasn’t even debuted yet? A new luxury line launched in 2023 bets on that.
Explora Journeys, a new luxury cruise brand, has set rates for its upcoming voyages, and in some cases they are very high. On some voyages, the largest and most luxurious suites cost nearly $9,000 a night for two people.
Even basic cabins on first trips will cost around $1,000 a night.
This will put the ship among the most expensive at sea, with prices that rival Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newer ships. (On newer Regent ships, the top Regent Suite sells for $11,000 a night for two people.)
Explora Journeys’ first ship, the 922-passenger Explora I, is scheduled to embark on a 15-night maiden voyage on July 17, 2023, departing Southampton, England, for the Norwegian fjords en route to the Arctic Circle before finish sailing in Copenhagen. Rates start at $19,400 per room, with some suites selling for $36,100.
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So what else can you expect in terms of itineraries and prices? I checked the highest and lowest fares for five random trips in 2023 and 2024, and this is what I found.
- Canada/New England: October 13, 2023, seven night trip; balcony from $7,200 ($1,029 per night for two), Owner’s Suite from $52,200 ($7,458 per night for two).
- Caribbean: November 3, 2023, seven night trip; balcony from $5,900 ($843 per night for two), Owner’s Suite from $42,600 ($6,086 per night for two).
- South America: January 31, 2024, 16-night trip; balcony from $16,400 ($1,025 per night for two), Owner’s Suite from $118,700 ($7,419 per night for two).
- Alaska: May 28, 2024, 10 night trip; balcony from $12,100 ($1,210 per night for two), Owner’s Suite from $87,600 ($8,760 per night for two).
- Pacific coast: August 20, 2024, seven night trip; balcony from $7,700 ($1,100 per night for two), Owner’s Suite from $55,700 ($7,958 per night for two).
While the rates may seem high, this is one line where you’ll get a lot for your money. Fares include crew gratuities, alcohol, Wi-Fi, a free bottle of Champagne and choice of beverages for in-cabin consumption, free meals at nine onboard locations, fitness classes and transfers to the city center at each port (when available). 🇧🇷
Explora Journeys, which currently has six ships on order (including Explora I), will offer cruises to a wide variety of locations in 2023 and 2024, including UK & Ireland, Canada/New England, Iceland & Greenland, Caribbean, South America, Pacific Coast and Hawaii and Alaska.
The first four ships ordered for the line, scheduled to begin sailing in 2023, 2024, 2026 and 2027, will have 461 all-suite cabins designed to look like oceanfront penthouses.
Explora I will feature 10 distinct culinary experiences, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness and entertainment facilities.
Explora Journeys is operated by the MSC Group, which is also the parent company of MSC Cruises. The move into the luxury space is a natural evolution for most cruise line conglomerates. All the other major cruise lines already have their own luxury brands, with Carnival Corp. running Seabourn, Royal Caribbean Group owning Silversea Cruises and a portion of the German luxury line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operating Regent Seven Seas Cruises. 🇧🇷
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