Explora Journeys Reveals First Ship's Inaugural Sailing

EXPLORA I’s Inaugural Journey
Explora I

Explora Journeys has announced details of the maiden voyage for its first of six planned ships, Explora I, to set sail on 17 JUL 2023 from Southampton in the UK.

The 15-night inaugural journey to Northern Europe will feature calls to 12 ports in four countries under the title, ‘A Maiden Journey into Epic Fjords and the Arctic Circle’. It's now open for bookings.

Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer, Explora Journeys, said: “Our vision and purpose from day one has been to create a travel and ocean experience like no other and we are thrilled that our ground-breaking new class of ship, EXPLORA I, will introduce guests during her maiden journey to some of the most breathtaking destinations in Northern Europe while enjoying the finest luxury hospitality at sea.”

From Southampton, Explora I will call Zeebrugge, Belgium and Geiranger, Trondheim, Molde, Leknes, Brønnøysund, Flåm, Bergen and Stavanger in Norway before sailing to Denmark with visits to Skagen and the country’s capital city, Copenhagen.

Mr Ungerer added, “Guests on board EXPLORA I’s inaugural journey can look forward to immerse themselves in local cultures, both on and off the beaten path, as well as witnessing some of the world’s most astonishing natural wonders. Surprise treats will be revealed throughout their voyage such as thrilling experiences, thoughtful gifts and exciting guest artistes that are all designed to inspire the discerning travellers’ desire to discover the world around them, meet new people, and reconnect with themselves.”

Explora I’s Inaugural Journey – Ports of Call

Zeebrugge is where guests can head off to view medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, canals and gardens of nearby Bruges. From here, they will journey northwards along Norway’s western coastline, where the Atlantic meets the Arctic. Its fjords are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Geiranger, at the head of the Geirangerfjord, is an example of a typical Nordic village. The UNESCO-recognized fjord features the ‘Seven Sisters’, one of the world’s 10 highest waterfalls.

Trondheim, the Viking capital of Norway until 1217, and its port dates back to 997. The medieval Nidaros Cathedral is a highlight here.

Molde, known as the City of Roses, thanks to its summer blooms, is surrounded by 222 snow-capped peaks, and boasts numerous shops and cafés.

Leknes is on Vestvågøya, one of Norway’s six Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle. Due to the Gulf Stream and 24/7 sunshine, it has tropical beaches, horse riding, and sea eagles in addition to the scenery.

Brønnøysund has a bathing lake in the centre of town. It also has a mountain with a huge hole through it, along with a marina and hiking trails.

Flåm’s railway winds past natural structures such as the Nærøyfjord, also on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Bergen’s 14th-century Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen, provides guests with access to a city with arts, crafts and food markets. Its world-class restaurants make it a member of UNESCO’s City of Gastronomy network.

Stavanger’s old town has cobbled streets and restored white wooden houses that sit alongside its café culture, craft shops, museums and night life. Beyond the town lie landscapes and beaches, marking the ship’s last Norwegian port of call.

Skagen, Denmark’s most northerly point, is where the Baltic meets the North Sea. In addition to its artistic heritage, the region features seafood, architecture, and the migrating dune at Råbjerg Mile.

EXPLORA I will arrive in Copenhagen on 01AUG. With an architectural aesthetic ranging from medieval to Renaissance to contemporary, and fine-dining venues, the city is considered a cultural hub and marks the end of the journey.

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