Explora Journeys Details New Italian Concept For Onboard Specialty Restaurant

MSC Group's luxury cruise line, Explora Journeys, has announced a new Italian dining concept for its specialty restaurant Anthology.

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Explora Journeys, the luxury cruise brand from MSC Group, has announced the launch of its new Italian concept for Anthology, a fine-dining experience that offers guests an adventure through the rich landscapes of Italian cuisine.

“Anthology is more than just a restaurant; it’s a voyage through Italy’s gastronomic landscape,” said Franck Garanger, head of culinary for Explora Journeys. “For me, Italian cuisine is about respecting the people, the ingredients, and the traditions that have been passed down through generations. It’s about sharing the soul of Italy, one dish at a time. This will be a culinary reflection of the rich tapestry of the sights, scents and flavours of Italian cuisine, which I am deeply passionate about.”

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Curated by Franck Garanger, Anthology showcases refined Italian cuisine, offering a truly memorable gastronomic experience. Franck discovered his passion for cooking at an early age and commenced his career as an apprentice at the Michelin Star restaurant Le Vert D’ Eau in Angers with French Master Chef Jean-François Piers. Prior to joining Explora, Franck has worked at numerous world-renowned restaurants and also spent over a decade at luxury ocean travel brands in leading culinary positions.

Each dish on the menu is a celebration of Italy’s finest regional ingredients and flavors, masterfully crafted to highlight the cultural brilliance and culinary heritage of the Mediterranean. The restaurant tells the story of Italy’s culinary brilliance through an expression of culture, heritage, and passion. Highlights include Mediterranean seabass with Arabica coffee and tonka bean and scallop cannelloni with black truffle. Plant-based options are available for each course. Each plate celebrates local produce and time-honored techniques of every region in Italy.

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(Photo via Explora Journeys)

Set in modern, refined elegance, Anthology offers an intimate yet elevated dining atmosphere with the opportunity to dine outdoors overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean. The dining experience is complemented by impeccable, attentive service.

The Anthology tasting menu is available for 140 euros (about 150 USD) per person, with an optional wine pairing for 60 euros (about $64) per person.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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