Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy a pre-cruise stay in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast, Miami, with luxury accommodation
  • Soak up the artistic flare of New Orleans’ French Quarter, from jazz-filled air to delicious cultural cuisines
  • Cruise in ultra-luxury style with EXPLORA II with gourmet dining, an inviting spa and exceptional viewing spots
  • Immerse in the fascinating history and culture of Mexico’s Cozumel and Progreso

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12 nights
12 – 24 January 2025

Ellie

Travel Specialist

These voyages are a small taste of what we offer. Contact our Cruise Specialists for bespoke suggestions and post-cruise options

For the ultimate adventure through paradise-like beaches and vibrant cities, cruise from Miami to the Bahamas with the new luxury cruise line, Explora Journeys. From the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Miami to the cultural buzz of New Orleans, the historical wonders and incredible beaches of Mexico and the tropical shores of the Bahamas, there’s no better way to explore.

Begin your journey with a two-night pre-cruise stay in Miami, where you’ll experience the renowned atmosphere of Florida’s Gold Coast. From the laid-back luxury of Miami, cruise to the bustle of New Orleans, to taste a melting pot of cuisine, music and artistic flare from around the world. Mexico is your next stop, where you’ll be immersed in the beauty of Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, and Progreso, home to rich Mayan history and culture. To end your 14-day journey, rejuvenate on the pristine sands of the Bahamas with snorkelling, freshly mixed cocktails and total tranquillity.

Alongside exploring the otherworldly beauty of the world, your ocean journey will be enriched by the ultra-luxury of EXPLORA II. Discover the ocean state of mind and indulge in gourmet dining in the six gourmet restaurants and 12 lounges, immerse deeper into luxury in the art gallery, capture ultimate relaxation at the spa and try state-of-the-art gym equipment at the fitness centre.

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Itinerary

Arrive in Miami after your flight from the UK. You’ll be transferred to your luxury hotel where you’ll enjoy a two-night pre-cruise stay.
Transfer to the port to embark EXPLORA II after soaking up the cosmopolitan buzz of the Floridian coastal city.
In your home at sea, savour all that EXPLORA II has to offer you. From sampling all six restaurants and 12 bars and lounges and enjoying time on the expansive outdoor decks with the 64 private cabanas, four pools and numerous heated pools and whirlpool to browsing the art gallery, there’s plenty to occupy your day at sea.
Immerse yourself in the melting pot of French, Spanish and American cultures while you explore the city of New Orleans. Walk through the streets of the French Quarter, famous for the cultural and modern architecture, jazz music filtering through the air and taste the flavours of world-renowned cuisine from Cajun to Creole dishes.
Spend the day swimming in the ship’s indoor and outdoor pools including the whirlpool, and unwind at the tranquil spa, or enjoy the thrilling casino come evening. Soak in the sweeping ocean views from the extensive outdoor decks with their private cabanas, or keep up with your fitness in the gym, which is full of premium equipment.
Cozumel
Step onto Mexican land, just off the coast of Yucatan Peninsula, and take in what the beautiful island of Cozumel has to offer. From scuba-perfect sapphire-blue waters, home to Mesoamerican Reef, to picturesque hiking routes around the marshlands, you’ll be in awe of this island’s natural beauty. Explore the culture through exquisite cuisine, meet the friendly locals and visit the temple ruins of San Gervasio.
Progreso
Enjoy an overnight stay in Progreso, a port city in Yucatan which is home to the rich history, customs and culture of the ancient Mayan civilisation. Spend your time exploring the unique architecture, breathtaking landscapes and Mayan exhibits and delve into the fascinating past of the city. Marvel at the Chichen Itza, explore the Temple of the Seven Dolls and much more.
Whilst at sea, EXPLORA II will provide plenty of entertainment options to keep you busy. When you’re not feasting on the divine views from your floor-to-ceiling windows in your elegant suite, be sure to immerse in the culinary classes of Chef’s Kitchen, or browse in the shops on board.
Ocean Cay
Your final stop is Ocean Cay, The MSC Cruises’ private island in the Bahamas and the perfect oasis for a recharge before heading home. Take it easy with some snorkelling in the crystal clear water, or take a relaxing walk to the marina or lighthouse. Take in the pretty views of the pastel-coloured buildings and end your day sipping on some beachside rum and cocktails, listening to the breeze sway the palm trees.
Disembark EXPLORA II for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Ellie

Travel Specialist

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12 nights

12 – 24 January 2025

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