Have you ever considered booking a suite for your next cruise? I sure have. While I always love my stateroom, there’s something to be said – a lot in fact! – about staying in a roomy suite when you are aboard a cruise ship. And now there’s a new kid in town, offering super-sanctuary suites for your ultimate R&R at sea where you can refresh and revive in a cocoon of comfort.
Explora Journeys recently unveiled the design of their Ocean Terrace Suites on its first ship, EXPLORA I, ahead of her maiden journey in May 2023.
Explora Journeys was born from a long-held vision of the founders, the Aponte Vago family. With the family’s nautical heritage of over 300 years coupled with their innate understanding of luxury, the family have carefully curated the design of the suites, penthouses and residences to create a luxurious home at sea. The design reflects the brand’s philosophy of creating an Ocean State of Mind, thanks to light, color, space, privacy, and connection with the sea.
Designed to stimulate the senses and enhance the connection with the ocean, the Aponte Vago family has worked meticulously in collaboration with some of the world’s foremost superyacht, cruise and luxury hospitality designers and architects. The innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design, to create luxurious, serene, and spacious ‘Homes at Sea’ ranging from 377 square feet in the Ocean Terrace category up to 3,014 square feet for the Owners Residence.
Each suite has been created with simplicity and comfort as the focus, and presents unrivalled roominess and privacy to offer a stunning space. The lead in category Ocean Terrace Suites and the Ocean Grand Terrace Suites are some of the largest in the industry, and feature their own private terrace, between 75-118 square feet, creating an extension to the living space complete with daybeds and an alfresco dining area, bringing guests closer to the ocean.
Elevating the suites to a luxurious home, each ‘Home at Sea’ comprises a walk-in wardrobe (love that on a cruise ship!) with a seated vanity area and features a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, heated floors in the bathrooms, personal binoculars, wireless bedside charging, a personal mini-bar replenished according to the guests’ preferences, espresso machine with bio-degradable pods, a kettle and teapot, and a complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest. Need something else? There is 24-hour guest service.
Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys, said, “The Homes at Sea have been a long-held vision of the Aponte Vago family. It is a truly exciting and profound moment for us to be able to welcome future guests to the carefully curated suites, penthouses and residences. We aspire to elevate the ocean experience and luxury travel to new heights, whilst being respectful to the ocean, environment, and the destinations and cultures we discover, to ensure we leave a positive legacy for generations to come.”
The European family roots and refined sense of style, inform an intuitive appreciation of design and luxury, which Explora Journeys embodies through its contemporary, cosmopolitan, boutique hotel vibe – vibrant, yet chic and intimate.
The design of each suite has been developed in collaboration with De Jorio Luxury & Yachts projects, and London-based architectural and interior design studio NenMar, to deliver considered and innovative interior design and meaningful decoration solutions.
Fusing a plethora of Italian interior details, each suite depicts true elegance and sophistication. Suites will be furnished with some of the best of Italian and European design furniture, such as Molteni&C, part of the Molteni Group, the leading independent industrial group in the high-end furniture sector with 100% Italian production.
Conscious luxury is reflected in the choice of materials and Explora Journeys’ commitment to sustainability is demonstrated in their dedication to responsible sourcing of materials, and eco-friendly details such as refillable bathroom amenities and no single-use plastic on board.
Sales are now open for the Inaugural Journeys Collection for EXPLORA I from May 2023. In its first year, the ship will visit 132 ports in 40 different countries, including two destinations, Kastellorizo, Greece and Saint Pierre, Martinique that have rarely been visited by cruise ships before.
The itineraries include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the UK, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, Caribbean, South America, and Hawaii. Sailings start from six-night journeys and culminate in an epic 44-night Northern Europe Grand Journey.
Explora Journeys is the privately-owned luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created at the heart of Swiss luxury hospitality. The brand stems from the long-held vision of the Aponte-Vago family to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travellers, drawing on the Aponte family`s 300 years of maritime heritage.
A fleet of six ships, two of which are under construction, will be launched from 2023 to 2028.
Now, are you thinking about that Owner’s Suite perhaps?
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