Accor has announced plans to expand the Orient Express brand into luxury cruising with the upcoming launch of the Silenseas, the largest sailing ship in the world.

The project, scheduled to set sail in 2026, is the result of a unique French partnership between Accor and Chantiers de l'Atlantique.

The Paris-based hotel group has commissioned architect Maxime d'Angeac to design the interior and décor, while Nantes-based design firm Stirling Design International is responsible for the exterior architecture. Inspired by the Golden Age of the Côte d'Azur, the Orient Express Silenseas will recall the time when writers, artists, painters, princesses and film stars travelled between Monte-Carlo, the beaches of Saint-Tropez, Cap d'Antibes, Cannes and the famous Croisette.

The 220m-long ship, with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, has 54 suites with an average size of 70m2, including an impressive 1,415m2 presidential suite with a 530m2 private terrace. Onboard facilities include two swimming pools, including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar, as well as a modern amphitheatre and a private recording studio.

Foto: Maxime d'Angeac & Martin Darzacq for Orient Express/Accor