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A Celestial Caribbean and Creole Soul

Departing on 8 Mar 2024 from Miami aboard the EXPLORA I - Cruise No: 1989185

Your Itinerary

Miami — Key West, Florida — Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda), British Virgin Island — Gustavia, St. Barts — St Johns, Antigua — Deshaies, France — Soufriere, St. Lucia — Bequia, St Vincent and Grenadines — Bridgetown, Barbados
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Port
Info
Arrive
Depart
1
8 Mar '24
Miami
18:00
2
9 Mar '24
Key West, Florida
08:00
16:00

This Journey exudes a warm elan that’s at once cosmopolitan and tropical. Fittingly, we begin in Miami, where the moon shines on a sultry, sophisticated city. Sky-scraping palm trees breezily lean over miles and miles of beaches, high-wattage clubs throb along Ocean Drive, and boutique shopping is mesmeric in magnificent Bal Harbour. Plying a southern chain of mangrove islands, we call on Key West. Hop the infamous Conch Tour Train to the southern-most tip of the US. Visit Roosevelt’s Little While House then raise a glass to Hemingway at his favourite hangout, Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Grill. A long-held yachtsmen’s cove, Virgin Gorda, enchants with curious beach boulders as big as houses tossed about like a giant’s marbles. A true femme fatale, even the ocean floor of this BVI enchantress is beautiful thanks to Art Reef installations like a giant Kraken, sea monster, devouring a former WWII tanker that survived even Pearl Harbor! The luxurious awakening of joie de vivre pulls us to the dreamlike harbour of Deshaies, where the French overland of Guadeloupe blends with spicy African and East Indian origins. A cosy Creole village leads to a gold sand beach that parts sapphire waters with emerald jungles. Climb like the wild vines up La Grande Dame at La Soufriere, the island’s sleepy volcano, to discover a wilderness untouched by time. Never a more shipshape port than Falmouth Harbour, where the British Navy once established its West Indie’s stronghold under the command of young Horatio Nelson. Nestled in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua boasts 54 miles of exquisite coastline outfitted with 365 “leave your troubles behind” beaches as well as the rare Antigua Black Pineapple, the sweetest in the world and grown only upon her verdant lands. Hummingbirds, herons, parrots in every colour, Puerto Rico’s landscape is a vibrant painter’s portrait. Venture inland to El Yuenque National Forest to find thick primeval jungles where a cathedral-like hush reveals the natural soundtrack of Blue Warbler birds, Coqui frogs, and gossamer waterfalls.

3
10 Mar '24
At Sea
4
11 Mar '24
At Sea
5
12 Mar '24
Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda), British Virgin Island
10:00
18:00

This Journey exudes a warm elan that’s at once cosmopolitan and tropical. Fittingly, we begin in Miami, where the moon shines on a sultry, sophisticated city. Sky-scraping palm trees breezily lean over miles and miles of beaches, high-wattage clubs throb along Ocean Drive, and boutique shopping is mesmeric in magnificent Bal Harbour. Plying a southern chain of mangrove islands, we call on Key West. Hop the infamous Conch Tour Train to the southern-most tip of the US. Visit Roosevelt’s Little While House then raise a glass to Hemingway at his favourite hangout, Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Grill. A long-held yachtsmen’s cove, Virgin Gorda, enchants with curious beach boulders as big as houses tossed about like a giant’s marbles. A true femme fatale, even the ocean floor of this BVI enchantress is beautiful thanks to Art Reef installations like a giant Kraken, sea monster, devouring a former WWII tanker that survived even Pearl Harbor! The luxurious awakening of joie de vivre pulls us to the dreamlike harbour of Deshaies, where the French overland of Guadeloupe blends with spicy African and East Indian origins. A cosy Creole village leads to a gold sand beach that parts sapphire waters with emerald jungles. Climb like the wild vines up La Grande Dame at La Soufriere, the island’s sleepy volcano, to discover a wilderness untouched by time. Never a more shipshape port than Falmouth Harbour, where the British Navy once established its West Indie’s stronghold under the command of young Horatio Nelson. Nestled in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua boasts 54 miles of exquisite coastline outfitted with 365 “leave your troubles behind” beaches as well as the rare Antigua Black Pineapple, the sweetest in the world and grown only upon her verdant lands. Hummingbirds, herons, parrots in every colour, Puerto Rico’s landscape is a vibrant painter’s portrait. Venture inland to El Yuenque National Forest to find thick primeval jungles where a cathedral-like hush reveals the natural soundtrack of Blue Warbler birds, Coqui frogs, and gossamer waterfalls.

6
13 Mar '24
Gustavia, St. Barts
08:00
23:30

We call on islands that are the bywords for high-society escapism. Our first elixir of ease,
St. Barths, is one part Swedish, two parts French and three shots of sunset-to-sunrise glamour. Yachts gleam in the harbour, boutiques sell Parisian fancies, and bonafide barefoot bars serve off-the-charts tranquillity. This is our playground until we bid adieu just before the clock strikes midnight so find a spot on the pink-sand Shell Beach to watch the splendid setting sun then crack open a ruby red lobster and a bottle of bubbly. With our head full of dreams, we call on St. Kitts, an island of wonders graciously preserved for all. Visit beautiful Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO park, or ascend through virgin rain forest to summit Mount Liamuiga’s and gaze down upon her dormant crater. More emerald peaks and placid shores continue on the Dominican Republic. An island floating in a realm of superlatives, she boasts four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean, lush jungles carved by rivers and waterfalls, fertile lowlands that give way to the island’s 6,000 species of flora and 7,000 species of fauna. Shades of aquamarine, amethyst turning translucent opal, the colours of the sky, sea and sandy cays all are seemingly inseparable. This is the wonder of Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, our private island paradise that is ecologically and geographically achieves the impossible dream of being gloriously secluded on a paradisiacal island. Two miles of pristine sand stretch across eight idyllic beaches. Brilliant coral reefs and shell-crusted shipwrecks for endless snorkelling. The pop of champagne bottles signals that start of a special fireworks show with the lighthouse in LED glow. From the languid to the active, we call on Miami Beach, where the stunning scenery of white Art Deco buildings stand as sentinels to the city’s decades-long love affair with glamour. Blindingly white beaches. A blazing hot nightlife. Mi amor, my love, my heart forever sings for this journey.

7
14 Mar '24
St Johns, Antigua
08:00
18:00

In the spirit of you-never-regret-an-indulgence, we call seductive islands adorned with alluring landscapes. Bathed in sun from day one with ten glorious nights aboard EXPLORA I, where everything sizzles a bit more. The pageantry of beach and city play out for us in Miami. Wholly glamorous, rakishly aplomb, and mythically fabled in literature and film, this seaside city lives more like a small global country with residents and guests from around the world. No passports are required in the last bolt hole of America as we glide into Key West where local characters are as colourful as the scenery. We depart while the setting sun is pitching slanted rays across Sunset Key and focus on the sumptuous offerings of our ship. For two languid days, time loses its tug and we learn that slow is not a speed but a tempo best marked according to massages at the Spa and well-crafted cocktails. Pristine Virgin Gorda greets us with a riot of dreamlike landscapes too vivid for words. See for yourself the marvel of cathedral-like grottos created by sky-high boulders and the offshore schools of silvery bonefish. Saint Barthélemy, named for the brother of Christopher Columbus, is now the pin-up poster boy of French swagger and yacht-set good looks. Temptations of joie de vivre continue in Deshaies where boulangeries dish-out coconut sorbet, waterfalls tumble into vast canyons and a jade mountain peers magnificently over an aquamarine bay. In style and en-vogue, Castries is the most haute with her gob smacking Pitons, hot mineral mud baths, banana plantations and a volcano we can actually drive into! We end our reverie in Bridgetown which has the high-tea reputation of being more British than the British! Cheers to a jolly good Journey.

8
15 Mar '24
Deshaies, France
07:00
18:00

This Journey exudes a warm elan that’s at once cosmopolitan and tropical. Fittingly, we begin in Miami, where the moon shines on a sultry, sophisticated city. Sky-scraping palm trees breezily lean over miles and miles of beaches, high-wattage clubs throb along Ocean Drive, and boutique shopping is mesmeric in magnificent Bal Harbour. Plying a southern chain of mangrove islands, we call on Key West. Hop the infamous Conch Tour Train to the southern-most tip of the US. Visit Roosevelt’s Little While House then raise a glass to Hemingway at his favourite hangout, Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Grill. A long-held yachtsmen’s cove, Virgin Gorda, enchants with curious beach boulders as big as houses tossed about like a giant’s marbles. A true femme fatale, even the ocean floor of this BVI enchantress is beautiful thanks to Art Reef installations like a giant Kraken, sea monster, devouring a former WWII tanker that survived even Pearl Harbor! The luxurious awakening of joie de vivre pulls us to the dreamlike harbour of Deshaies, where the French overland of Guadeloupe blends with spicy African and East Indian origins. A cosy Creole village leads to a gold sand beach that parts sapphire waters with emerald jungles. Climb like the wild vines up La Grande Dame at La Soufriere, the island’s sleepy volcano, to discover a wilderness untouched by time. Never a more shipshape port than Falmouth Harbour, where the British Navy once established its West Indie’s stronghold under the command of young Horatio Nelson. Nestled in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua boasts 54 miles of exquisite coastline outfitted with 365 “leave your troubles behind” beaches as well as the rare Antigua Black Pineapple, the sweetest in the world and grown only upon her verdant lands. Hummingbirds, herons, parrots in every colour, Puerto Rico’s landscape is a vibrant painter’s portrait. Venture inland to El Yuenque National Forest to find thick primeval jungles where a cathedral-like hush reveals the natural soundtrack of Blue Warbler birds, Coqui frogs, and gossamer waterfalls.

9
16 Mar '24
Soufriere, St. Lucia
07:00
18:00

Cradled between towering Piton spires, Soufriere is basecamp to wonders that never cease: leisurely kayak into a (real) Bat Cave; navigate lush jungles for rippling waterfalls named for Superman, Sapphires and Diamonds. Keep the adrenaline pumping with Piton climbs, a drive-in volcano or diving with denizens of the deep at Pigeon Island. Hydrate in King Louis XVI Mineral Baths and Sulphur Springs but — whatever you do — do not miss a visit to a sustainable cacao farm to witness milky beans go from harvest to your own personal chocolate bar. Bliss indeed.

10
17 Mar '24
Bequia, St Vincent and Grenadines
07:00
18:00

Summon your inner Robinson Crusoe on remote Bequia. Secret lagoons. Castaway picnics. Warm waters in shades of blue that beg to be snorkelled through. Stake your flag in the sweet Bequia breeze just as the Union Jack did for almost 200 years. Usher in deep tranquillity on lovely Princess Margaret Beach. Ascend Mount Peggy with sunny views of St. Vincent. Stoll Belmont Boardwalk to Margret Beach for hand-whittled mahogany boat models then prowl the concrete catwalk that runs along Port Elizabeth for home-churned nutmeg ice cream. Support a sterling turtle sanctuary protecting the rare hawksbill or ferry to nearby Mustique, the favourite holiday romp for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

11
18 Mar '24
Bridgetown, Barbados
07:00

Presenting divers, windsurfers and nature lovers with the ultimate gifts of discovery, this journey fully displays Mother Nature’s tour de force of beauty above and below the Caribbean Sea’s surface. With a lovely enticement of ease, we begin in Barbados, an island of wonders: flying fish, green monkeys, subterranean waterfalls, and towering banyan trees with shaggy aerial roots that inspired the island’s Portuguese name, the “bearded ones.” The lure of geography blesses us on Sunday Island, formally baptised Dominica, where sperm whales swim her waters all year long. Uncrowded and unspoilt, its mountainous heart includes the 1,342-meter-high volcano and namesake Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO gem) ringed by primordial rainforests thick with blooming orchids, jungle grottos, hot springs, and a profusion of rainbows in a swirling cloud of mist. Surround yourself in cerulean blue, tranquility and sky on Bonaire, considered the Caribbean’s shore-diving capital with more than 50 dive sites in a national marine park and coral reef all ringing the coastline. Head to Lac Bay, the birthplace of windsurfing, where an endless sweep of turquoise water mixes with a 90% chance of favourable winds. Following a westerly breeze, we find the city and harbour of Willemstad, both of which have earned a UNESCO award, with brightly coloured Dutch-gabled buildings that look like a tropical Amsterdam. With 26 hours in the Dutch West Indies port, we can take our time exploring this semi-arid island. Walk the Queen Emma Bridge, visit the Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, learn about African empires or take a walk on her wild side at the Ja Kok Salt Ponds, a briny inland lake where we may find the island’s national bird — the precocious pink flamingo — vividly strutting in flocks of profusion. Our Journey of discovery returns to Barbados, the birthplace of rum, where we salute Mother Nature with our final toast of ¡Salud!, Santé!, Prost!, Skål!, Cin cin!, and Kanpai!

Launched

2023

Tonnage

63,900

Length

813

Crew

740

Capacity

922

EXPLORA I, the first of four luxury best-in-class ships, will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready to set sail in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Exquisitely designed with the guest and relaxed, home-like comfort in mind – and in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht and luxury hospitality designers – the innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design.

With 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences, guests will enjoy feeling closer to the sea and in port thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows and personal private terrace. Suites will start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) which makes them among the most spacious for the luxury cruise category.

Fourteen decks will provide ample indoor public space, maximising guest choice and create areas of quiet seclusion and privacy. Generous outdoor decks will boast more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) delivering stunning views of the sea, with 64 private cabanas across 3 outdoor pools. A fourth pool, with a retractable glass roof, will allow swimming and poolside relaxation in any weather. Combined with various indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck, the ship has been designed with water as a real focal point of the onboard experience – helping our guests discover their ocean state of mind.

Tailored to suit personal preferences, flexible dining times at nine distinct restaurants will provide unrivalled variety at sea. Each venue will celebrate global culinary talents, with a focus on provenance and wholesome ingredients sustainably sourced from local partners. To make sure guests are spoilt for choice, several indoor and outdoor bars and lounges will also be in place to unwind and relax.

The wellbeing experience onboard was inspired by our love for the sea, with a spacious indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area on board. From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programmes make keeping well while on holiday effortless and enjoyable. Bespoke wellness experiences at each destination will make relaxation and rejuvenation easily accessible both onboard and ashore.

Bar/lounge Area
Casino
Cigar Club Room
Main Lounge
Shopping Galleria

Art Gallery
Culinary Arts Center
Observation Lounge
The Terrace

Indoor Pool
Outdoor Pool
Running Track

Asian Restaurant
Cabanas
Coffee & Chocolate Lounge
International Lounge & Bar
Kitchen
Lobby Bar
Private Dining Area
Sterling Steakhouse
Whisky Bar

Day Spa & Fitness Centre
Whirlpool

Description

EXPLORA I, the first of four luxury best-in-class ships, will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready to set sail in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Exquisitely designed with the guest and relaxed, home-like comfort in mind – and in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht and luxury hospitality designers – the innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design.

With 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences, guests will enjoy feeling closer to the sea and in port thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows and personal private terrace. Suites will start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) which makes them among the most spacious for the luxury cruise category.

Fourteen decks will provide ample indoor public space, maximising guest choice and create areas of quiet seclusion and privacy. Generous outdoor decks will boast more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) delivering stunning views of the sea, with 64 private cabanas across 3 outdoor pools. A fourth pool, with a retractable glass roof, will allow swimming and poolside relaxation in any weather. Combined with various indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck, the ship has been designed with water as a real focal point of the onboard experience – helping our guests discover their ocean state of mind.

Tailored to suit personal preferences, flexible dining times at nine distinct restaurants will provide unrivalled variety at sea. Each venue will celebrate global culinary talents, with a focus on provenance and wholesome ingredients sustainably sourced from local partners. To make sure guests are spoilt for choice, several indoor and outdoor bars and lounges will also be in place to unwind and relax.

The wellbeing experience onboard was inspired by our love for the sea, with a spacious indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area on board. From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programmes make keeping well while on holiday effortless and enjoyable. Bespoke wellness experiences at each destination will make relaxation and rejuvenation easily accessible both onboard and ashore.

Entertainment

Bar/lounge Area
Casino
Cigar Club Room
Main Lounge
Shopping Galleria

Other

Art Gallery
Culinary Arts Center
Observation Lounge
The Terrace

Recreational

Indoor Pool
Outdoor Pool
Running Track

Food and Drink

Asian Restaurant
Cabanas
Coffee & Chocolate Lounge
International Lounge & Bar
Kitchen
Lobby Bar
Private Dining Area
Sterling Steakhouse
Whisky Bar

Relaxation

Day Spa & Fitness Centre
Whirlpool

Included Services

  • All Inclusive
  • Gratuities
  • Ultra Luxury
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Entertainment
  • Speciality Dining
  • Onboard Casino
  • WiFi Included
  • Fitness Classes
  • Kids Club

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