I love Explora Journeys every bit as much as I thought I would. I really think they have done an amazing job at making the experience feel cruise-y enough for luxury cruisers while also converting land travelers like myself. I am sailing with people who have been on every cruise line, and they say that the dining is the best at sea. All specialty dining and drinks are included, so there are no extra packages to add on – the only thing to add to the cruise fare are experiences. Y’all know how I love that word, right? And we can’t ignore the fact that Explore and Explora sound pretty similar! I am meant to champion this luxury cruise brand!
Explora has described it’s product as a floating luxury resort, and let me just say this, they nailed it! I love that the entry-level category cabin, I mean, suite, has a balcony, I mean, terrace! All the cruise vocab is different on Explora, and I am here for it!!!
I LOVED my walk in closet with makeup vanity. It has a little drawer that perfectly fits a Dyson hairdryer and all of it’s bits and pieces! I LOVED how comfy my bed was. I LOVED turn down service every night. I LOVED opening my sliding door and listening to the ocean. I LOVED everything about this luxury cruise experience.
An Ocean State of Mind
Explora’s goal is to help you connect to an ocean state of mind, and I definitely connected. How can you not feel connected with these types of surroundings? There is water at every turn and even the pools take advantage of the ocean views. The outdoor spaces remind me so much of lounge areas at the resorts I love in Greece.
And let me tell you about the dining venues … not only are they gorgeous, the food and wine is divine. I must say, I feel quite classy dining on caviar topped with gold flakes!
To be honest, I was particularly excited about this sailing because it involved 3 days at sea. That may seem strange coming from a travel advisor with a focus on destination experiences! However, I really wanted to spend time on the ship and learn more about it as I had already visited all but one of the destinations we visited. I had hoped to enjoy the luxury cruise ship like a floating resort, but I ended up spending a lot of time in my office at sea in the Explora Lounge with my travel advisor friends!
Don’t worry, I still had time to enjoy the ship. I did not get out of my comfy bed each morning as early as I do at home, I sat down for three long meals a day where I socialized with new and old friends, spent time at the complimentary hydrotherapy pool and salt room in the spa, spent time at the pool, and even saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life while in one of the many the ocean facing hot tubs.
Nova Scotia was the destination I had not visited before so I opted for a tour organized through Explora. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from that tour:
At the other destinations that I had previously visited, I did my own thing which involved 17,000 steps in Boston! Embarrassing admission – I forgot to bring a credit card each time I ventured out by myself because I was so used to not needing it on the ship! Thank goodness for Apple Pay!
Explora Naming Ceremony
photo credit: Explora Journeys
And don’t forget that when you let Explore More book this fabulous luxury cruise opportunity for you, you will be treated to onboard credits that the general public do not receive! Not to mention the knowledge of someone who has sailed on Explora Journeys and has contacts at all levels at the organization to ensure your voyage is fabulous!