Cruise ship Explora I christened in New York
Explora Journeys, the travel brand of MSC Group, has held a naming ceremony for cruise ship Explora I in New York City.
As informed, the vessel was christened on October 12. The ship’s godmother is Dr Sylvia Earle, the renowned marine biologist and oceanographer, at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
Explora I, the first of six luxury ships constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in a deal valued at €3.5 billion, began sailing in July this year with a series of journeys in Northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic to New York with visits en route to Iceland, Greenland and Canada.
The ship will spend the autumn in North America, the winter in the Caribbean and spring on the U.S West Coast and Hawaii before returning to Europe in Summer 2024 for a series of sailings in the Mediterranean Sea.
All of the Explora Journeys vessels will be equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, including selective catalytic reduction technology, shore power plug-in connectivity, underwater noise management systems to help protect marine life, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy efficient equipment to optimise engine use to further reduce emissions.
Explora II will enter service in summer 2024 and operate until April 2025 in the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East.
Explora III and Explora IV will both be powered by liquefied natural gas and enter service in 2026 and 2027 respectively.
Explora V and Explora VI will enter service in 2027 and 2028 respectively and both will have energy efficiency measures and be capable of using alternative fuels such as bio and synthetic gas. These two ships will pursue the use of liquid hydrogen with fuel cells for their hotel operations while docked in ports to eliminate carbon emissions with the vessels’ engines switched off.