Pioneers of luxury train travel since the 19th century, Orient Express, a brand synonymous with fabulous, opulent and expensive slow travel, has revealed plans to launch the world’s largest sailing ship – Orient Express Silenseas.
At 220 meters long with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, Orient Express Silenseas has room for 54 suites measuring on average 70 square meters, but those with deeper pockets may want to splash out on the monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite complete with 530-square-meter private terrace. Guests will also enjoy two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. More extravagant perhaps are the state-of-the-art amphitheater and private recording studio, should guests be feeling musical.
Orient Express Silenseas is a result of a partnership between hospitality giant and Orient Express owner Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a French shipbuilder. Powered by a unique ‘solid-sail’ wind propulsion system combined with a hybrid propulsion system powered by liquified gas, she is expected to set sail in 2026 with stops in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.