Orient Express Unveils Largest Sailing Ship in the World, Expected To Sail In 2026

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Orient Express Unveils Largest Sailing Ship in the World, Expected To Sail In 2026

The world-renowned company, Orient Express, known for its luxury passenger trains, has announced the launch of its newest and most ambitious endeavor yet: the Orient Express Silenseas, the largest sailing ship in the world.

Almost 140 years after the debut of the first luxury trains, this revolutionary vessel is set to take to the seas in 2026.

"An Ambitious Undertaking"

In a statement, the company described the Orient Express Silenseas as "an ambitious undertaking that pushes the limits of what is possible." The ship is the result of a unique partnership between Accor, a world leader in hospitality, and Chantiers de l'Atlantique, a globally leading shipbuilding company.

The 220-meter-long "treasure of the ocean" boasts 54 suites, averaging 70 square meters each, and a presidential suite spanning 1,415 square meters, complete with a private terrace of 530 square meters, two swimming pools, two restaurants, and a bar.

The ship also features an amphitheater for live performances and a recording studio for creating original melodies. Passengers will have access to spa treatments, meditation sessions, and opportunities to explore cultural treasures, all aimed at allowing them to "completely disconnect from reality and stop time."

"Unparalleled Service and Refined Design"

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman, and CEO of Accor, said of the project, "With Orient Express Silenseas, we are beginning a new chapter in our history, taking the experience and excellence of luxury travel and transposing it onto the world’s most beautiful seas.

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." The ship is also designed to meet today's sustainability challenges with new technology.

Bazin added, "It is a boat designed to make dreams a reality, a showcase for the best of French savoir-faire."

Inspiration From the Past

The Orient Express Silenseas was inspired by the journey of Orient Express founder Georges Nagelmackers in 1867 when he boarded transatlantic ships connecting Europe and America to explore the USA.

It was a sea voyage that later in 1883 inspired the launch of his legendary Orient Express train. The new ship will be a modern interpretation of this journey and will bring a new level of luxury travel to the seas.