Explora Journeys’ Ungerer steps down

2024-03-15T18:30:58+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Appointments|

Michael Ungerer is to leave MSC Cruises’ Explora Journeys for personal reasons.

Ungerer (pictured) has held the position of CEO for nearly five years.

During this time, he played a key role establishing the new luxury lifestyle brand, Explora Journeys, and successfully launching the first ship, ‘Explora I’.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Group Executive Chairman Cruise Division, commented: “It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside Michael, as we have brought to life this incredible new brand and built everything from the bottom up. I would like to thank Michael for his efforts and contribution, and we wish him well for the future.”

Ungerer added: “Creating a new luxury hospitality brand from scratch in today’s world has been a true, once in a lifetime opportunity, and an incredible journey. It has been a real privilege working with the visionary Pierfrancesco Vago and the entire Aponte family, which I am forever grateful for.

“Their firm commitment and their long-term generational view as only a family owned and operated company can, made it all possible,” he said.

He will remain as an advisor for the brand through August, 2024, and Vago will assume the role of CEO in the interim.