Orient Express to Set Sail in 2026

Orient Express to Set Sail in 2026

The Orient Express Silenseas, an extravagant 722-foot-long (220-meter-long) vessel with three masts reaching over 300 feet in height, will sail the Mediterranean and Caribbean starting in spring 2026 and is expected to be the largest sailing yacht and superyacht overall.

There will be 54 suites available, with 120 people. Reservations will be accepted beginning in 2024.

Together with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique, global hospitality giant Accor SA is making its maiden foray into the cruise market with The Orient Express Silenseas.

“We’re trying to go back to the best years of ship makers between 1934 and 1938, extremely innovative at the time,” says Sébastien Bazin, chief executive officer of AccorHotels.

According to Bazin, a time of music, philosophers, and art comes to mind when he thinks of the French Riviera, St. Tropez, and Cannes. It will entail going back in time with a contemporary design.

Bazin claims his objectives for the Orient Express Silenseas, in addition to being entirely made in France, are to provide the best in terms of luxury, experience, and design, as well as to lead by sustainability and safeguard the environment as you travel.

The travel sector with the lowest reputation for environmental or climate sensitivity is the cruise market, which also lags far behind in attempts to cut carbon emissions.

Weather permitting, the Orient Express Silenseas will run without diesel and with a hybrid propulsion system that relies primarily on wind energy.

With three stiff sails constructed of glass polyester panels and a 16,145 square foot unit wind propulsion system, all created by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, you will be floating gently through the oceans, as the ship’s name alludes.

“We may not stop when we are meant to stop because the wind is too strong, and that’s the way I want it,” says Bazin.

The ship will also be equipped with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine, which the business said will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 20% compared to a diesel engine, given this is a cruise line with scheduled routes that Bazin predicts will likely begin in the Mediterranean.

The Orient Express Silenseas will also be constructed to be ready for green hydrogen use when regulations permit it in the future, which according to Bazin, might be the case by the time the ship sails.

Additional environmental goals include using shore power, which enables the ship to connect to electricity once moored instead of running its engine, and a sonar system to identify marine creatures on its journey to prevent collisions.

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