New luxury cruise line Explora Journeys has ordered two hydrogen-powered ships that will be built at the famous Fincantieri shipyard. The ships will be Explora journey’s 5th and 6th in the fleet.

The sustainable new ships, part of Explora Journey’s commitment towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It will have a range of modern features designed to reduce emissions. The ships will capability for a variety of alternative fuels, advanced waste management systems, equipped carbon capture and more.

The new ships Explora V and VI will be built with the goal of using liquid hydrogen with fuel cells when docked in ports. This will eliminate carbon emissions when the vessels engines are switched off.

Explora Journeys is a very new cruise line, receiving its first cruise ship from Fincantieri in July 2023. She is currently sailing in Northern Europe. Explora I will sail across to North America and the Caribbean over the Northern Hemisphere Autumn, before spending spring in the US West Coast and Hawaii. She will then return to Europe.

The cruise line has plenty of ship launches scheduled over the coming years.

Explora II will start sailing in summer 2024, Explora III will sail from summer 2026. And Explora IV from January 2024.

Explora Journeys comments

Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer, Explora Journeys, said, “Sustainability in luxury is the new craftmanship. And our new two confirmed orders are testament to our determination to preserve and protect our precious oceans.

“This is what the discerning traveller of tomorrow expects. So it is an absolute imperative that we not only just deliver on that anticipation, but we must and will exceed such aspirations.” 

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman – Cruise Division, MSC Group, said, “With Explora Journeys we have created a luxury brand that has been successful at redefining luxury at sea.

“We are seeing continued growth in the luxury segment. And the investment in these two new ships shows our commitment to continue to grow within this sector as well as to invest in ships of the future. 

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