ONE of the newest luxury cruise lines is due to set sail in 2024 – with the world’s first at-sea Rolex store also on board.
The Explora I is the first luxury cruise ship from Explora Journeys.
Explora Journeys is owned by the MSC Group, a 53-year-old Europen cargo shipping giant, which already has a 23-cruise ship fleet under MSC Cruises.
The company’s latest adventure is that of Explora I – a luxury cruise with its very own Rolex store.
The ship is due to set sail from Miami in January 2024, and will take passengers on a six-night voyage to Cartagena,.
Each passenger will pay $3,000 (£2,458) for their six-night holiday. which equates to $500 (£410) per night.
But prices can jump even higher to $90,050 (£73,765) for a 25-night voyage from Bridgetown, Barbados to Los Angeles if guests stay in the ship’s largest cabin, the Owner’s Residence.
The Explora I will be able to hold 922 passengers inside its 461 suites.
As well as the ship’s rooms, there will also be several infinity pools that overlook the ocean.
Passengers will also have complimentary access to the spa, which will be home to crystal-infused waters, a sauna, aroom, a hydrotherapy pool, and a gym.
Other fitness features include an open-air basketball court, a running track, and a sports court.
There are also plenty of recreational spaces too, including a pool table and football table.
There will also be four other outdoor swimming pools on the Explora I, as well as an indoor pool set underneath a retractable glass roof.
Guests will also be to lounge in one of the 64 cabanas, which are spread across the 831-foot-long ship.
The Explora I will also have the world’s very first at-sea Rolex store as well as a Cartier store.
There will also be several restaurants on the ship, including Anthology a 70-seat venue where an eight-course meal inside the restaurant will cost $190 (£156) per person.
Other dining options include a Mediterranean-inspired Med Yacht Club, a steakhouse, and the option to order a breakfast room service.
There will also be a buffet where items like pasta, sushi, and crab legs are made to order.
Passengers will be able to order a drink at one of the ship’s 12 bars too.
In an article in Insider, Michael Ungerer, the CEO of Explora Journeys, called Explora I a “boutique-style resort on the water.”
He added: “I’d rather have a few empty beds and get the right guests at the right price.
“And most of [amenities] are already included so we don’t have to upsell.”
Meanwhile, passengers on the MV Gemini can explore 135 countries for less than it costs to rent a flat in London.
The Life At Sea Cruises ship promises “an experience like no other” with a fitness centre, a 24-hour-on-call, a salon, a sundeck, and a swimming pool as well as several dining options to satisfy foodies.
Payment options start from $2,499 (£2,061) per month, which works out to $85 (£70) per night for an all-inclusive room.
The per-month cost is cheaper than plenty of central London flats – with some one-bedroom properties costing upwards of £3k, not including.
And this man revealed he bought an apartment onboard a cruise ship because it is cheaper than living in San Diego.
Austin Wells said it made sense for him because it was a way for him to travel the globe without “upending his daily routine.”