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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 

Fincantieri has celebrated cutting of the first steel for the second of four cruise ships for Explora Journeys, a new luxury brand of the cruises division of MSC Group, at the Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.

The first in the class, Explora I is under construction in Monfalcone, while Explora II will be built at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) yard, with deliveries respectively in 2023 and 2024. All four vessels will be of about 64,000 gt and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technologies. Each will be equipped with 461 guest suites.

Including these four vessels, Fincantieri has been involved in the construction of eight vessels for the cruises division of MSC Group, including MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, delivered in 2017 and 2018, and the two Seaside Evo ships MSC Seashore, delivered in July, and sister ship MSC Seascape, which will enter into service in 2022. Explora II is due to welcome its first guests in Spring 2024.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Group’s Cruise Division, said: “The start of Explora Journeys’ second ship signals our firm commitment to our tourism partners for the coming-to-market of our new luxury brand with a significant financial investment in a fleet of innovative, elegant ships, that 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 in luxury, lifestyle travel, we will continue to invest in its expansion to attract the growing number and aspirations of the next generation of discerning luxury travellers.”

The ships will be ready to adapt to alternative energy solutions as they become available. The design incorporates provision for battery storage to allow future hybrid power generation, as well as SCR technology, enabling a reduction of NOx emissions by 90%. Built with shore power capabilities to avoid CO2 emissions while at berth and powered by marine gas oil, this is in line with the Cruise Division of MSC Group’s recently announced pledge to achieve net zero GHG emissions in its cruise operation by 2050.

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