140 years after the symbol of luxury travel, Orient Express’ first luxury train was launched, the Orient Express brand announced the return of a new, redesigned train in 2025, and unveiled the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas. The result of a partnership between world leader in hospitality Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a globally leading shipbuilding company, this extraordinary sailing yacht will set sail in 2026.
Inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, Orient Express Silenseas is the 220-meter-long ship with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS. She will feature 54 Suites measuring on average 70-square-meters, including a massive 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite (it comes with a 530-square-meter private terrace), two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar.
Guests of Orient Express Silenseas will be able to experience incredible shows in its Amphitheatre-Cabaret and there will even be a private recording studio. Guests will have access to luxurious spa treatments, meditation sessions and stopover explorations to discover cultural treasures that allow guests to completely unplug from reality and stop time.
The cruise ship will sail with a revolutionary technological design known as ‘SolidSail’: three rigid sails with a surface area of 1,500 meters each will be hoisted on a balestron rig, with three tilting masts reaching more than 100 meters high, able to provide up to 100% of the propulsion in suitable weather conditions. This hybrid propulsion formula will combine wind power with a state-of-the-art engine running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plans to use green hydrogen once the technology is approved for ocean passenger ships, launching a more environmentally friendly vision of sea travel.
Architect Maxime d’Angeac will design the interior layout and decor and Nantes-based design company Stirling Design International will create the exterior architecture. Hetland Maritime also assisted Accor in creating the project and in the ongoing discussions with Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The entire project will be financed up to 70-80% by commercial banks, with the remainder provided by Accor and a majority equity partner.
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