The company behind the legendary Orient Express train has unveiled its latest venture in luxury hospitality – a sailing super yacht that is expected to make its maiden voyage in 2026, and which is being touted as the largest of its kind in the world.
Named the Orient Express Silenseas, the cruise aims to reinvent and redefine the golden age of luxury sea travel. The ship’s 54 suites can accommodate 120 passengers, while the 1,200 square metre presidential suite boasts its own expansive private terrace with unparalleled ocean views.
In its mission to spearhead a greener form of sea travel, the ship will sail using an innovative technology called SolidSail – a hybrid propulsion formula that combines wind power with an engine that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
This revolutionary undertaking is the result of a partnership between global hospitality giant, Accor and leading shipbuilding company, Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Accor Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin, said “This exceptional sailing yacht, with roots in Orient Express’ history, will offer unparalleled service and refined design spaces,” adding “it is a boat designed to make dreams a reality, a showcase for the best of French savoir-faire.”
Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, reveals that the concept was born in their offices in 2018, and can be described as “the quintessence of our savoir-faire in the fields of naval architecture, the construction of sophisticated hulls, as well as the design of luxurious spaces.”
The ship’s interiors, designed by French architect Maxime d’Angeac, and its various facilities pay homage to art, culture and high society – an amphitheatre-cabaret, a private recording studio, meditation sessions and an oyster bar are just some of them, while stopovers in exotic places will urge guests to embrace the extraordinary and leave reality at the port.
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