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.
“It is our absolute honor to welcome the very first guests onboard our extraordinary ship and share this special moment with them as we embark on the maiden voyage of EXPLORA I from Copenhagen,” said Michael Ungerer, CEO, Explora Journeys. “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.”
The brand’s Ocean State of Mind philosophy means immersive experiences that reward cruisers physically, intellectually and spiritually. EXPLORA I called on the port of Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug. 15 before a sailing to Hamburg, Germany. After several weeks in Northern Europe, the ship crosses the Atlantic to winter in North America and the Caribbean Sea before returning to Europe in summer 2024 for Mediterranean Sea voyages.
EXPLORA II is currently being built in Italy, expected to come into service in August 2024. The first of two liquefied natural gas-powered vessels to join the line’s fleet, EXPLORA III, is expected in 2026, with EXPLORA IV in 2027.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
Many small- and medium-sized businesses face time and budget constraints when organizing corporate hotel travel for employees. To address this problem, IHG® Business Edge emerged as a cost-free business travel solution for small- to medium-sized enterprises, offering travel managers exclusive access to enticing perks, handpicked educational resources and comprehensive company travel metrics. IHG Business Edge connects our loyal customers to our portfolio of 5,800 hotels and resorts across 18 brands in more than 100 countries.
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
For the 13th consecutive year, Global Traveler honors the best of the best in the industry, naming 2023’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
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