Molten&C unveils the design of its Ocean Penthouses, Ocean Residences and Owner’s Residence on board of EXPLORA I, the first of up to six luxury ships

Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, unveils the design of its Ocean Penthouses, Ocen Residences and Owner’s Residence on board of EXPLORA I, the first of up to six luxury ships.

With a maritime heritage of over 300 years coupled with an innate understanding of luxury, the owners’ family has carefully curated the design of the suites, penthouses and residences to create the ultimate luxurious Home at Sea. The elegant design is a reflection of the brand’s distinctive European DNA.

Thoughtfully designed to stimulate the senses and reflect the brand’s philosophy of creating an ‘Ocean State of Mind’ owing to carefully considered elements such as natural light, colour, space, privacy, and connection with the sea, Explora Journeys has worked meticulously to ensure every guest experiences an opulent, yet intimate retreat as they embark on their own ocean journey.

Fusing Swiss precision with the finest European craftsmanship and conscious, respectful design, Explora Journeys and Molteni&C, part of the Molteni Group, the leading independent group in the high-end furniture sector, worked together to furnish suites and residences of the cruise.

The identity of Molteni&C lives in all the suites of EXPLORA I through iconic sofas and chairs as well as outdoor furniture for selected terraces, all marked by the core values of Molteni&C: tradition, quality, durability and reliability, supported by research and innovation.

Molteni&C took part in this exclusive project furnishing the suites and different public areas: the dining and lounge areas, the coffee bar, the spa, the main theatre and art gallery, to mention a few.

Other than custom furniture, which Molteni&C masterfully provides with tailor-made products specifically designed to meet the needs of the project, the Company’s identity is present through pieces from the collections, such as the Walter and Margou armchairs, both designed by the Belgian architect and Creative Director Vincent Van Duysen, the Chelsea and Devon seatings by Rodolfo Dorodni, and some of the most iconic pieces from the Heritage Collection, such as the D.154.2, the D.151.4, the Round D.154.5 armchairs, and the D.552.2 small table, all designed by Gio Ponti.

The different areas of Explora I reflect Molteni&C’s collaboration with the most prestigious international designers and architectural firms.

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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 owners’ long-held vision to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travellers, drawing on the 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 up to 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. EXPLORA I offers 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 eleven distinct culinary experiences, across six vibrant restaurants plus in-suite dining, twelve bars and lounges, (eight indoor and four outdoor) Chef’s Kitchen, 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.


Molteni is the leading independent industrial group in the high-end furniture sector with an Italian-made production. As well as the collaboration with the most prestigious international architectural firms and designers, the Group adheres to a constant investment in research and technological innovation, to give its products an intrinsic quality that lasts over time. It includes three brands, Molteni&C (indoor and outdoor furniture, kitchens and bespoke furnishings), UniFor (workspace solutions) and Citterio (partition walls and office furniture). Founded in 1934 as an artisan workshop by Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, in the 50s the company mutates its DNA and inaugurates the successful era of industrial design. Molteni Group has been working on the enhancement of the Gio Ponti archive since 2012, inaugurating the Molteni Museum in 2015. In 2022 the Group completed a major enlargement of the Compound, opening the Molteni Pavilion. Today Molteni Group is present in over 100 countries, with more than 700 stores, 90 monobrand Flagship Stores, 1207 employees, 5 production sites and 12 commercial branches in 5 continents.

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