Explora Journeys Partners with Chef Mauro Uliassi Aboard EXPLORA I

Today, Explora Journeys, has shared the news of the brands latest partnership with world-renowned Italian chef Mauro Uliassi to curate a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for guests onboard EXPLORA I! Guests aboard the new ship can experience the menu from the Maiden Journey commencing on July 17, 2023, until the arrival in New York on September 25, 2023.

Chef Mauro Uliassi is the first guest chef at Anthology, one of 11 culinary experiences onboard. Chef Uliassi and his team will bring a blend of tradition and modernity in Italian cuisine to EXPLORA I. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Uliassi onboard EXPLORA I and offer our guests the opportunity to indulge in his truly exceptional culinary creations. Balancing contemporary techniques and creativity with a deep respect for regional culinary history, our chefs have one aim: to enhance the memories that guests take with them long after their journey has ended,” said Jason Gelineau, Head of Product, Explora Journeys.

More about Chef Uliassi

• Chef Mauro Uliassi is known for his innovative and inventive approach to Italian cuisine.

• He gained three Michelin stars at his restaurant Uliassi in Senigallia.

• Uliassi’s cuisine showcases his passion for the sea and his deep respect for the environment. 

• He plans to bring unique flavors and textures of the sourced dining experiences, while creating a culinary “Ocean State of Mind.”

“I am excited to collaborate with Explora Journeys and to bring my culinary creations to the guests onboard EXPLORA I. Having known the group for many years, this collaboration truly is close to my heart. It is a unique opportunity to showcase my interpretation of Italian cuisine and celebrate the beauty and sustainability of the sea. Inspired by the endless treasures of the ocean, I look forward to creating a truly multi-sensory experience for guests dining at Anthology,” said Chef Uliassi.

The partnership with Chef Mauro Uliassi is just another step towards providing guests with exceptional and immersive experiences aboard.


EXPLORA I’s Anthology restaurant is defined as a “culinary stage for guest chefs to curate menus in collaboration with Franck Garanger, Explora Journeys’ Head of Culinary.”

• Passengers who partake in this experience can expect  global cuisines, along with wine pairings by top knotch wine makers.

• Guests dining at Anthology should note that the experience is not part of the inclusive culinary experiences. 

• Tasting menu – EUR 190 ($210) per person. Wine pairing – EUR 75 ($82) per person.


The naming ceremony for EXPLORA I will take place in Civitavecchia on July 8, 2023, with her Maiden Journey departing on July 17, 2023 from Southampton, UK.

Julie Bouchner is the Digital Editorial Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Syracuse University. When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, baking, and playing with her Siberian Husky named Ellie.