MSC Cruises is building a second luxury cruise ship, which will be delivered in 2020 and will be the first of its kind to feature a 3D projection system. The company has also announced plans for an expansion into Asia and the Middle East, as well as new routes to the Mediterranean.
The cruise line news is a report that construction has begun on the second MSC Luxury Cruise Ship.
The EXPLORA II, the second luxury cruise ship from MSC Group’s Explora Journeys, has achieved a significant milestone. With the first steel cutting, construction has officially begun.
The construction of EXPLORA II has begun.
The first steel for Explora Journeys’ second luxury yacht, EXPLORA II, has been cut. It’s a significant step forward for the MSC Group, which already runs MSC Cruises, the world’s fastest-growing cruise line.
Representatives from the cruise line and the shipyard attended the steel-cutting event at the Fincantieri Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard in Italy.
“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,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Group’s Cruise Division.
Cutting of the Steel (Photo Credit: Ivan Sarfatti)
We will continue to invest in this brand’s growth to attract the increasing number and ambitions of the next generation of discriminating luxury travelers, based on our conviction that it will establish a new category in premium, lifestyle travel.”
This comes only three months after the Explora Journeys brand was launched, and the construction of its first ship, the EXPLORA I, is set to commence in May 2023.
“We are greatly encouraged by the tremendous enthusiasm and support we have received so far from the travel advisor community who have placed their trust in Explora Journeys since our launch in June, and for their overwhelming response to our exclusive ‘By Appointment’ service and innovative commercial terms,” said Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys.
EXPLORA II is a sequel to EXPLORA (Rendering Courtesy: Explora Journeys)
In 2025 and 2026, two more new ships will join the fleet as part of MSC Group’s commitment to creating the Explora Journeys brand, which is designed for the next generation of discriminating luxury visitors.
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All four Explora Journeys ships will be constructed in Italy, and the first steel for the second vessel was cut today at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia yard near Naples in a typical nautical ritual.
EXPLORA II will be built in the same creative style as EXPLORA I, with 461 beachfront suites with some of the biggest lead-in categories, private terraces, and ample outdoor space.
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