SES connects Explora Journeys
July 18, 2022
By Chris Forrester
SES has signed a contract for its O3b mPower satellite fleet to provide connectivity to Explora Journeys’ Explora 1 cruise ship.
Explora Journeys is the new high-end luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group – an Italian global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva, with operations offices in Naples, Genoa and Venice. It currently operates some 16 vessels.
The announcement means that guests onboard the Explora I will enjoy complementary, high-speed, reliable, and uninterrupted Wi-Fi, no matter how remote their location. In addition, enhanced connectivity aims to improve crew welfare and training, employee performance, motivation and retention.
This connectivity is delivered by SES’s upcoming second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system – O3b mPOWER – which operates around 8,000km above earth’s surface, and SES’s geostationary (GEO) fleet of satellites ensuring seamless connectivity, wherever and whenever.
Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, commented: “High-speed, reliable and uninterrupted connectivity is no longer a ‘nice to have’, with demand for connectivity services at sea growing in tandem with the development of social media platforms. Today’s guests simply expect seamless and uninterrupted connectivity comparable to on land as they want to share their experiences and stay online as much as possible. We are pleased to be able to offer this connectivity experience to our guests onboard Explora I thanks to SES’s services.”
Simon Maher, VP/Global Sales, Cruise Maritime Services at SES, added “It is incredibly exciting to be working with Explora Journeys whose innovative approach is setting new standards in ultra-luxury curated travel experiences at sea. Connectivity is one of the most important enablers for such travel experiences from both a guest and crew point of view. Our O3b mPOWER ultra-fast, low-latency connectivity is empowering a new experience that will revolutionise the ultra-luxury expedition maritime segment.”