Explora Journeys Plans Extensive Fitness And Well-Being Initiatives At Sea, Right On Trend

The sea is very calming, don’t you think?

Well, to that end, there is a new cruise line that wants to make the most of its ocean surroundings, offering you Ocean Wellness. And it’s right on trend, with all the emphasis on health, feeling good, and wellness that is popular nowadays.

Explora Journeys, a new cruise line debuting next year, recently announced that guests on board the Explora I will not only be exhilarated by the travel discoveries they encounter on their journey, they will also have a chance to slow down, optimize their wellbeing, and find a renewed sense of calm and centeredness. Call it a little bit of a sea change from most vacations — this will be like going to one of the world’s best health spas, only you’re on the ocean instead.

A little background: 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-traveled ports, for a journey that inspires discovery in all its forms.

A fleet of six ships, two of which are under construction, and two of which will be powered by hydrogen, will be launched from 2023 to 2028.

The line’s specific and targeted Ocean Wellness program plans to offer an array of highly effective, restorative experiences far removed from urban noise and the always-on digital culture. Guests on Explora I can immerse themselves in tranquility, at one with the rhythm of the ocean. Sleep, relaxation, mindfulness, energy and immunity-boosting are addressed holistically, producing a deep sense of physical and spiritual renewal enhanced by the revitalizing influence of the sea. To that end, 10,764 sq. feet of space is dedicated to a luxurious spa, indoor and outdoor wellness areas, contemporary fitness facilities, outdoor Sports Court and Running Track.

In other words, you can have those two delicious desserts at dinner, without feeling guilty!

“The philosophy behind Ocean Wellness is deeply rooted in Explora Journeys’ origins,” says Julanda Marais, Senior Lead Spa Operations. “We’ve long understood the powerful effect of water and waves on body, mind and soul. This is the inspiration for Ocean Wellness. We want to give our guests a feeling of refined simplicity, relaxed luxury, and complete mental and physical replenishment.”

According to her, Neuroscience has shown how the ocean calms the mind, revitalizes the body, and boosts the immune function. Instead of the relentless demands of the day-to-day, guests explore new destinations and cultures, spend leisurely time with companions, forge links with like-minded people, and reconnect with what matters. And when the pace slows, self-discovery and healing can begin. This is the Ocean State of Mind.

The spa will be designed as a place to soothe and heal, or simply a haven for pampering, Ocean Wellness – it mirrors the gentle, hypnotic effect of the ocean, allowing the pressures of daily life to recede. With over 7,500 sq. feet of space dedicated to treatments and wellness facilities, there is just one aim: to do everything possible to help guests switch off and relax.

· Treatment rooms: There are 11 treatment rooms, including two Private Spa Suites with their own outdoor relaxation area; one double and seven single treatment rooms; an additional treatment room dedicated to specialized Medi-Luxe Treatments by Dr. Levy Switzerland; and an outdoor space in which guests can relax.

· Beauty Studio: The flowing layout will allow guests to enjoy all their grooming requirements in one tranquil space, from hair and barber treatments in the hair salon to bespoke hand and foot treatments in the nail salon.

· Sensorial Therapeutic Circuit: Guests will find a wide array of facilities the thermal wellness area that produce significant and noticeable benefits: the Hydrotherapy Pool, a Steam Room, Finnish Sauna, Salt Cave, Experience Shower, Ice Fall and Heated Marble Loungers.

A selection of partner brands has been meticulously chosen to give guests the gifts of Ocean Wellness, sourced by experts who understand the Ocean State of Mind and how it is achieved. Explora Journeys’ approach to skincare is curated and personalized. Only sustainable products containing first-class active ingredients with high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts are used in the Spa. These include:

· Dr. Levy, Switzerland, which claims to be the world’s first cosmeceutical whose products are proven to stimulate the body’s source of collagen production: the dermal skin cells. This process has the effect of reversing skin ageing by protecting, nourishing and awakening the skin’s own regeneration system. Protected by an international medical patent, Dr Philip Levy’s world-famous stem cell formula is the outcome of 15 years of stem-cell research; it is based on the 2012 Nobel Prize-winning discovery that stem cells can be reactivated so that they regain their youthfulness. The recipient of 50 global awards, his skincare treatments produce visible transformative results.

· Aromatherapy Associates is a leading-edge British luxury wellbeing brand that harnesses the powers of the finest natural ingredients, purest extracts and essential oils in its award-winning products and treatments. It brings an array of therapies that naturally promote better sleep, reduce stress, restore energy and build confidence.

· The Tides Wellness is the antidote to a frenetic life. Only 100% natural ingredients are used in this much-respected Dutch brand’s evidence-based wellness treatments. They aim to synchronize the body and the brain through advanced techniques inspired by the rhythm of the tides, the seasons, the influence of the elements, and their collective effect on our wellbeing.

Today, as science has proven that exercise is crucial to a strong immune system, lower stress levels, high self-esteem, a balanced mood, good sleep quality and elevated energy, there will be unparalleled fitness facilities.

Featuring 2,443 sq. feet of indoor space and more than 688 square feet of unparalleled outdoor fitness facilities, there will be a Sports Court for half-court basketball as well as a panoramic running track and touch tennis. From an initial physical assessment to functional and strength training, cardio and Pilates, in bespoke sessions or group classes, it is totally focused on motivating guests to optimize their health.

To create an incredible onboard wellness and fitness experience for guests, designed to the highest standards, Explora Journeys has partnered with Technogym, a World leading brand in products and digital technologies for fitness, sport and health for wellness. The brand has been the Official Supplier to the last eight Olympic Games and a reference point for sports champions worldwide.

Outdoor deck facilities include Technogym’s Skillrow, the first all-in-one rower designed to improve anaerobic power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular abilities. Also on deck are Group Cycle bikes for pedaling with a sea view, as well as additional best-in-class training apparatus. Also available will be a fitness center, fitness studio, impressively outfitted with Pilates reformers, and in-suite fitness, along with yoga.

Make sure to try the Sleep Yoga so that you can induce those Zzzzzs!

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