Luxury cruise ship, EXPLORA I, has embarked on her maiden journey from Copenhagen for a seven-night Northern European sailing, calling at Lerwick and Kirkwall before heading to Reykjavik.

Michael Ungerer, CEO Explora Journeys said: “It is our absolute honour to welcome the very first guests onboard our extraordinary ship and share this special moment with them as we embark on the maiden journey of EXPLORA I from Copenhagen.

Our guests will be able to experience the very best European hospitality at sea and our vibrant, cosmopolitan sense of luxury, while discovering some of the world’s most remarkable destinations. A new era of transformative luxury ocean travel begins now with the first sailing of EXPLORA I.

EXPLORA I will also call the port of Copenhagen on 15th August 2023 with a sailing to Hamburg, Germany. After several weeks in Northern Europe, the ship will then cross the Atlantic and spend the winter in North America and the Caribbean before returning to Europe in Summer 2024 for a series of Mediterranean voyages.

EXPLORA II is currently being built in Italy and will come into service in August 2024. EXPLORA III will become the first of two LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered vessels to join the Explora Journeys’ fleet with the ship due to be delivered in 2026, followed by EXPLORA IV in 2027.