Orient Express Is Launching the World's Largest Luxury Superyacht

The brand's first cruise line will set sail in 2026

Orient Express Yacht

Courtesy of Maxime D’Angeac & Martin Darzacq for Orient Express

On the heels of announcing the return of a new, redesigned Orient Express train in 2025, the Orient Express brand has announced that it will soon bring its refined brand of luxury to the high seas.

The brand's parent company, Accor, just revealed plans to launch the Orient Express Silenseas, an opulent 722-foot-long ship that, upon debut, will become the world's largest sailing yacht. The superyacht, which will offer 54 suites and accommodate up to 120 passengers, will commence with sailings to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in spring 2026.

The news follows luxury competitor Ritz-Carlton's recent entrance into cruises. After almost a full year of delays, the brand debuted the first ship in its luxury yacht collection in October 2022. Richard Branson's Virgin Group expanded into cruises with the launch of Virgin Voyages in late 2021, and luxury hotel brands The Four Seasons and Aman have announced plans to launch cruises in recent months. Every hotel group these days seems to have an eye on the open sea.

"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," Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin said in a statement. "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."

The Silenseas will feature many of the luxury details expected from fans of the Orient Express brand, including a lavish spa, an oyster bar, and even a cabaret. French architect Maxime d'Angeac, overseeing the upcoming redesign of the Orient Express train and the 2024 debut of the first Orient Express hotel in Rome, has designed the new superyacht with the French Riviera's golden age of travel in mind.

"Innovation is at the heart of this ultra-modern ship that will revolutionize the maritime world with new technology to meet today's sustainability challenges," Bazin said. "It is a boat designed to make dreams a reality, a showcase for the best of French savoir-faire."

Reservations for the ship will open in 2024, and Accor has confidently already made plans for a second superyacht to debut sometime in 2027.

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  2. Accor Media Room. "Orient Express Silenseas Press Release." January 12, 2023.