Known for their luxury train experiences, Orient Express will be venturing in the cruise space with a new opulent sailing ship called the Orient Express Silenseas.

The hybrid sailing yacht will be a partnership with Orient Express’ parent company Accor and the French ship building company Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The ship is set for launch in 2026 and will have 1500-square metres of rigging for win propulsion and the ship will be powered by liquified natural gas.

The suite will have 54 suites almost all of which will measure an average of 70 square metres. The Presidential Suite will measure a staggering 1,415 square metres and have a 530 square metre terrace.

Onboard guests will be able to use two swimming pools, two restaurants, a speakeasy-type bar, an amphitheatre-cabaret with a private recording studio as well as a spa.

CEO of Accor Sébastien Bazin says that the ship marks a “new chapter” in the history of the famous train line.

“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,” he said

The launch of the Silenseas is a nod to the golden era of luxury tourism in the French Riviera and designed for more eco-conscious luxury travellers.

The company plans to launch a second ship to join Silenseas.

An aerial view of the beautiful Silenseas
An aerial view of the beautiful Silenseas