Ensemble’s Top Performers Celebrated On Explora Journeys Maiden Voyage

Now that was quite the celebration as Ensemble celebrated its top performers with an all-inclusive weeklong sailing from Denmark to Iceland aboard Explora 1, the first ship to sail as part of the launch of Explora Journeys.

As the first in the industry to experience the highly anticipated new luxury cruise brand, the inaugural Ensemble Beyond event included 30 of Ensemble’s members comprised of owners and managers along with a group of nine top advisors – the first time the consortium expanded the group to recognize individual members.

Chris Austin, Chief Sales Officer, Explora Journeys (left) with Michael Johnson, President of Ensemble

A group of 25 Ensemble partners also joined the trip to commemorate the accomplishments of this group.

In partnership with Explora, the journey began in Copenhagen with port stops in the United Kingdom and Iceland. As part of the experience, guests had a chance to explore the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, a World Heritage Site, and Reykjavik, Iceland where they hiked the lava fields, explored the Blue Lagoon, and enjoyed an excursion to see whales and puffins.

Spinning the globe with the women of Ensemble and the Master of Explora I – from left to right: Laura Gregory, VP, Events, Navigatr Group; Wendy Romanow, VP of Partnership Marketing; Kristina Boyce, SVP of Operations; Jennifer Dzialo, SVP of Partner Relations; Shahla Lalani, SVP, Marketing, Navigatr Group; and Selena Melani, Master of Explora I.

Michael Johnson, President of Ensemble, said: “This voyage was a wonderful occasion to celebrate Ensemble’s outstanding top performers, who truly exemplify the pinnacle of excellence in this industry as well as our organization.”

Ensemble members enjoying Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Johnson continued: “It also provided our members with an unforgettable opportunity to be among the first to experience Explora’s innovative new offering, characterized by exceptional service and amenities, all while gaining newfound appreciation for the unique beauty and picturesque settings in this part of the world.”

Ensemble President Michael Johnson in the lava fields

Explora Journeys was announced as a preferred partner in January 2022 and was named as its partner for the inaugural Ensemble Beyond event in January 2023.

Ensemble top performers attending Beyond celebrate with a pint in a local pub

Beyond is part of Ensemble’s series of rebranded events. This included the recent Ensemble Summit for owners and managers held at the Stein Erickson Lodge with Ensemble Horizons for the entire consortium coming up next from November 2-6 at Paris Las Vegas.


Ensemble top performers attending Beyond event aboard the maiden voyage of Explora I