EXPLORA JOURNEYS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AMADEUS
Geneva, Switzerland, July 20, 2022 – Explora Journeys today announced a new partnership with Amadeus, one of the world’s leading travel technology companies, to provide its online booking and fulfillment program and connect the luxury travel brand with more travel agencies and a broader audience.
The partnership enables the display of content that includes images of Explora Journeys’ fleet of ships, suites and deck plans and the opportunity for travel advisors to upsell pre- and post- guest experiences in the same booking with one PNR on the Amadeus Cruise Portal.
Chris Austin, Chief Sales Officer, Explora Journeys, said, “Amadeus is one of the global travel industry’s leading distribution companies and it will further enable our travel partners to access Explora Journeys’ inventory, pricing and our rich content on a real time basis to improve further the booking experience for our growing travel advisor community. This announcement with such a great partner as Amadeus comes as we remain firmly on track for the first of our six luxury ships – EXPLORA I – to make her maiden journey in less than 12 months’ time, May 2023, and, when demand for luxury ocean tourism has returned to pre-pandemic levels.”
Robert Buckman, Head of North America, Travel Sellers, Amadeus, added “By forging our partnership with Explora Journeys we’re strengthening our marketplace to help travel advisors connect their customers to real-time cruise content and offers. With Amadeus Cruise Portal, travel advisors gain access to Explora Journey’s content, can inspire their travelers with rich multimedia, and finalize a booking easily through a single connection.”
EXPLORA I in her first year at sea will visit 132 ports in 40 different countries, including two destinations, Kastellorizo, Greece and Saint Pierre, Martinique, rarely visited by cruise ships. The luxury ship’s itineraries include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the UK, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, Caribbean, South America, and Hawaii. Sailings start from 6-night journeys and culminate in an epic 44-night Northern Europe Grand Journey.
About Explora Journeys
Explora Journeys is the privately-owned luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created at the heart of Swiss luxury hospitality. The brand stems from the long-held vision of the Aponte-Vago family to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travelers, drawing on the Aponte family`s 300 years of maritime heritage. The brand’s aspiration is to create a unique ‘Ocean State of Mind’ by connecting guests with the sea, with themselves, and like-minded people, while remarkable itineraries will blend renowned destinations with lesser-travelled ports, for a journey that inspires discovery in all its forms.
A fleet of six ships, two of which are under construction, will be launched from 2023 to 2028. Equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, Explora Journeys will introduce a new style of transformative ocean travel. When EXPLORA I sets sail in May 2023, she will offer 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be ‘Homes at Sea’ for our guests, all with sweeping ocean views, private terrace, a choice of ten distinct culinary experiences, ten indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities, and refined entertainment. Inspired by the company`s European heritage, Explora Journeys will provide guests with an immersive ocean experience, respectful and intuitive hospitality.
Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars, and railways.
Amadeus has developed its technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries. Amadeus is one company, with a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us.
Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.
Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.
To find out more about Amadeus, visit www.amadeus.com.
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