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EXPLORA JOURNEYS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GROUP BOOKING PROGRAMS

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Explora Journeys, the new luxury lifestyle travel brand of the MSC Group, today announced two new group programs for travel advisors called ‘Journey Together’ and ‘Journey Together +’ and also unveiled details of ‘By Appointment +` , a development of its industry-leading ‘By Appointment` service.

Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys said, “we are firmly on track for our maiden journey from Barcelona to Athens in May 2023, and we remain absolutely committed to providing our travel advisor community the resources and customized solutions to ensure mutual success for the long term.”

Journey Together

Designed for travel advisors to book small groups, extended and multi-generational families, and meetings and incentive groups.  The new offering starts with five suites and a minimum of 10 guests.  Travel advisors can benefit from a complimentary host berth, rewarding commission payments and each suite reserved comes with a complimentary Journey Experience credit to use onboard.

Journey Together +

The program starts with a 10 suite, 20 guest minimum and offers travel advisors a complimentary host suite, rewarding commissions and a value fare to significantly increase their profit potential.

Full ship charter requests can also be submitted by travel advisors and shipping brokers and are  negotiated independently of the Journey Together program based upon the length of the customized journey and time of year.

By Appointment +

Launched in December last year, Explora Journeys `By Appointment’ service completely removes any on hold time and is exclusively available to Travel Advisors. With immediate effect, travel advisors can now invite their clients on a `By Appointment +` call to allow Explora Journeys’ Ambassadors to answer questions and finalise their bookings.  Travel advisors can set up an appointment on their chosen date and time with an Explora Journeys Ambassador which is immediately confirmed with an introductory personalised message of a dedicated Ambassador. Bookings can be made for any of EXPLORA I `s inaugural journeys` collection, including the ship’s maiden journey in May 2023 from Barcelona to Athens.

Chris Austin, Chief Sales Officer, of Explora Journeys, said, Designing our Journey Together group programs and developing our ‘By Appointment +`service’ has been a highly collaborative process with the travel advisor community.  We are enormously proud to launch these industry-leading programs to protect the health and longevity of the travel advisor community.”

Sales are now open for the Inaugural Journeys Collection for EXPLORA I from May 2023 and in its first year, the ship will visit 132 ports in 40 different countries, including two destinations, Kastellorizo, Greece and Saint Pierre, Martinique that have not been visited by cruise ships before. The itineraries include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the UK, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, Caribbean, South America, and Hawaii. Sailings start from six-night journeys and culminate in an epic 44-night Northern Europe Grand Journey.

With the addition of the `By Appointment` + service travel advisors can choose their preferred booking option including booking online via the digital booking suite at the Explora Travel Advisor Centre www.explorajourneys.com/traveladvisors selecting the `By Appointment` service or contact our Journey Together Ambassadors via journeytogether@explorajourneys.com.

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