Explora I makes maiden call at PortMiami in Florida

The ship is preparing for an inaugural Caribbean and Central America season

Explora I makes maiden call at PortMiami in Florida

Explora Journeys

Explora I will offer itineraries to the Caribbean and Central America this winter

By Laura Hyde |

Explora Journeys’ Explora I has made its maiden call at PortMiami, marking the ship’s debut in south Florida.  

A crest exchange ceremony was held on 3 November 2023, attended by the ship’s master Captain Diego Michelozzi and Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, as well as Miami-Dade county mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Hydi Webb, PortMiami director and CEO. 

“We take immense pride in introducing our remarkable new ship, Explora I, to the Magic City,” said Ungerer. “Miami is a paramount destination and important gateway to the Caribbean for ocean travel and it is a privilege to showcase our new ship and immersive journeys to this market. Our team has spared no effort in pushing the limits of innovation and delivering a product that we're thrilled for guests to experience as they embark in south Florida.” 

Explora I will set sail from Miami for San Juan in Puerto Rico on 10 November on its seven-night ‘Caribbean Journey to Petite Ports & Creole Idylls’ itinerary.  “As we continue to expand our operations and partnerships, we look forward to cruise activity growth with Explora Journeys, which will benefit all of our passengers,” said Hydi Webb, PortMiami director and CEO. 

From November 2023 to March 2024, the luxury ship, the first in a fleet of six for the new cruise brand, will offer voyages to the Caribbean and Central America. Explora I will be joined by Explora II in summer 2024, Explora III and Explora IV in 2026, and Explora V and Explora VI in 2027 and 2028 respectively. 

“Journeys onboard Explora I aim to transport guests to an ‘Ocean State of Mind’ by delivering best-in-class service, exquisite onboard offerings and immersive destination experiences, authentic to the places the ship serves,” added Ungerer. 

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