Explora I is the first luxury ship from cruise giant MSC Cruises which will launch in 2022, and become the first ship in the Explora Journeys fleet
The ships will carry 922 passengers in 461 all-balcony suites, coming in very much at the larger end of the luxury segment.
The 14-deck vessels will have four swimming pools, including one with a retractable roof; nine dining "experiences" and a crew to guest ratio of 1.25 to 1.
Cabin sizes are an industry-leading 35 sq m or 377 square feet.
Outdoor decks will have more than 2,500 square metres overlooking the sea, with 64 private cabanas across three outdoor pools. The fourth pool, with a retractable glass roof, will allow swimming in any weather.
itineraries will include destinations such as Saint Tropez, Bordeaux and Reykjavik, and less well-known places such as Kastellorizo, Bozcaada and the Lofoten Islands.
In addition, the ship will utilize all the latest green technologies, including provision for hybrid power; as well as noise-reduction technologies.
Three sister ships are planned, launching in 2023, 2024 and 2025.