Aug 25, 2023
The first ship in the Explora Journeys’, a luxury lifestyles brand from MSC Group, fleet, EXPLORA I, set sail on its maiden voyage Aug. 1 on a seven-night sailing through Lerwick, Shetland Islands; and Kirkwall, Orkney; before heading to Reykjavik, Iceland.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: My colleague Mary and I made the drive from our headquarters outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., with relative ease. It is always touch-and-go on the stretch of I-95 between the two main metropolises. Our only issues arose getting turned around a few times once in our nation’s capital, but rerouting got us there efficiently, all things considered. We pulled up in front of Kimpton George Hotel, and Mary ran in to find the valet, who came out for my car keys and to help us unload. Inside, we were greeted by an extremely courteous front desk staff who had us on our way to our guestrooms shortly.