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Orient Express Silenseas ship
Photograph: Maxime d'Angeac & Martin Darzacq for Orient Express, Accor

A massive, luxurious Orient Express cruise ship is about to set sail

The luxury train service is set to launch the world’s largest sailing ship. OTT much?

Written by
Grace Beard

If you’re itching for a new ultra-glam travel experience (who isn’t?), we've got great news. Following the announcement that a new version of the classic Orient Express train route will launch in 2025, the same company is bringing its signature opulence to the seas with a brand-new sailing ship.

The ship, named the Orient Express Silenseas, is the result of a partnership between hospitality company Accor and ship-building service Chantiers de l’Atlantique. It will be the biggest sailing ship in the world, measuring 220 meters long.

And as you’d expect, the Orient Express Silenseas plans are giving a whole lot of extravagant luxury. The ship will host 54 suites, including a 15,000-square-foot Presidential Suite, as well as two swimming pools, two restaurants, a ‘speakeasy’ bar, a recording studio, and on-site entertainment at the ship’s very own amphitheatre. If that’s not enough for your expensive tastes, you’ll also be able to book in for spa treatments and meditation sessions on board – in between plenty of stopovers. It’ll sail through the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter. 

Orient Express Silenseas ship
Photograph: Maxime d'Angeac & Martin Darzacq for Orient Express, Accor

Basically, it’s the world’s fanciest cruise ship. Or a luxury superyacht for people who don’t actually own a luxury superyacht.

The ship, apparently inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, is set to launch in 2026. You’d better start saving.

In more affordable travel news: these are the new European sleeper trains to book this year.

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