Orient Express Silenseas : World’s Largest Sailing Ship
Orient Express Silenseas – The legendary train heads out to sea as the world’s largest sailing ship is unveiled
Artisan of travel since 1883, Orient Express defines the Art of Travel with luxury trains, unique experiences, collections of rare objects. Orient Express heralded in the Golden Age of travel with their legendary trains. 140 years after the launch of its first luxury trains, the Orient Express is taking that same ethos out to sea as it continues with the unveiling of the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas.
This revolution in maritime history is an ambitious undertaking that pushes the limits of what is possible. The result of a unique French partnership between world leader in hospitality Accor (a global leader in hotels, present in 110 countries, with more than 5,300 hotels and 10,000 restaurants and bars) and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a globally leading shipbuilding company.
“With Orient Express Silenseas, we are beginning a new chapter in our history… This exceptional sailing yacht, with roots in Orient Express’ history, will offer unparalleled service and refined design spaces, reminiscent of the golden age of mythical cruises,” commented Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of Accor. “Innovation is at the heart of this ultra-modern ship that will revolutionize the maritime world with new technology to meet today’s sustainability challenges. It is a boat designed to make dreams a reality, a showcase for the best of French savoir-faire.”
A 220-meter-long ocean treasure with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 Suites measuring on average 70-square-meters, including a monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite (including a 530-square-meter private terrace), two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. With renowned architect Maxime d’Angeac set to design the interior layout and decor and Nantes-based design company Stirling Design International will handle the exterior architecture. This unique travel experience, guided by the winds, will also feature spa treatments, meditation sessions and stopover explorations to discover cultural treasures that allow guests to completely unplug from reality and stop time.
Inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, Orient Express Silenseas will echo the glorious era when writers, artists, painters, princesses and movie stars spent time between Monte-Carlo, the beaches of Saint-Tropez, Cap d’Antibes, Cannes and its famous Croisette and discovered a refinement tinged with exquisite insouciance and joie de vivre, inviting them to extreme escapades. As a tribute to artists and culture, Orient Express Silenseas will invite guests to experience incredible shows in its Amphitheatre-Cabaret and a private recording studio will give a voice to the most beautiful melodies.
Orient Express Silenseas 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 ensure 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 new, more environmentally friendly vision of sea travel.
This extraordinary sailing yacht of the future with spectacular interiors will set sail in 2026.
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