Ritz-Carlton is in. Four Seasons is in. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Orient Express, the company behind the most luxurious trains in the world, is joining the market for ultra-luxury yachting.
In 2026, the company says, it will launch the world’s largest luxury yacht, Orient Express Silenseas. In an indication of the plans for over-the-top experiences, Bastien Bazinm chairman and CEO of Orient Express parent Accor, said the ship will be “inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera…when writers, artists, painters, princesses, and movie stars spent time between Monte-Carlo, the beaches of Saint-Tropez, Cap d’Antibes, Cannes and its famous Croisette and discovered a refinement tinged with exquisite insouciance and joie de vivre, inviting them to extreme escapades.”
Promising “the quintessence of luxury, absolute comfort and dreams,” the 722-foot Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 suites, including a monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite with a private terrace, two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants, and a speakeasy bar.
The ship will have an oyster bar and a speakeasy, and “as a tribute to artists and culture,” will offer “incredible shows” in its Amphitheatre-Cabaret and a private recording studio. And taking a hint from current ocean racing technology, its SolidSail design will combine wind power with a state-of-the-art engine running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for a more environmentally friendly voyage.
She will sail the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter.
In addition to reviving the iconic train in 2025, Accor also plans Orient Express hotels in Paris, Rome, and Riyadh. For the new cruise division, a second ship is already on order, the company said.