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iconic Orient Express branch out into the cruising world

Around 140 years after making its debut as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Accor announces the iconic Orient Express, in a move to branch out its expansion into the cruising world.

The ship’s interior layout is to be designed by French architect Maxime d’Angeac. While Nantes-based design company Stirling Design International will take on the exterior architecture.

Inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, the 220-meter vessel become world’s largest sailing yacht on its launch. It is due to set sail in the spring of 2026.

The company will enter the cruise industry with Orient Express’ first ship Silenseas. Its going to be world’s largest sailing yacht.

The company teamed up with French shipbuilders Chantiers de l’Atlantique. They hope to create the impressive 722-foot-long ship that includes three masts standing over 300 feet high.

Orient Express Silenseas consists of 54 suites to accommodate 120 passengers. Compared to Ritz-Carlton’s 298-passenger EvrimaIt, it will also be a more intimate superyacht.

Various facilities and entertainment options include a dedicated oyster bar, a cabaret, and a speakeasy bar. Elsewhere, music buffs can record their own songs in its private recording studio.

Orient Express Silenseas is to feature 54 suites. It will room up to 120 passengers. Besides it boasts of a 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite, two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar.

Powered by a hybrid propulsion formula that combines wind power with an engine fueled by LNG the ship. It will also hold an amphitheater cabaret. Here the guests will be treated to special performances as well as a private recording studio.

“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,” reads a statement from Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of Accor.

“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.”

While there are no scheduled cruises available to book at present, the cruise liner will likely offer itineraries to the Mediterranean seas during the summer and the Caribbean Sea in the winter, with “stopover explorations to discover cultural treasures.”

The unveiling of the Orient Express Silenseas comes after Ritz-Carlton’s highly-anticipated superyacht cruise made its maiden voyage back in October.

Meanwhile, the Four Seasons revealed its upcoming 207-meter-long superyacht, due to enter service in late 2025, in late 2022.

Zahra Sikandar
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