Glorious Orient Express has several whole years ahead. Its parent company, Accor, has announced new routes for its train service, including La Dolce Vita, a complete Italian experience that will launch in 2024 and will transport lucky passengers in style across the Amalfi coast.
The latest announcement from Accor takes the Orient Express off its traditional rails and steers the new yacht Orient Express Silenseas to the high seas.
Passengers will have the opportunity to travel in the Mediterranean with stops like Portofino, Capri and Saint Tropez in the summer or to the Caribbean in the winter for warm sailing experiences all year round.
Despite its size, Silenseas promises the levels of intimacy and luxury typical of the Orient Express. In addition to 54 suites with an average area of 70 square meters on the 220-meter-long boat, there are 1,215 square meters of king suites with its own terrace.
Reminiscent of the “golden age of legendary voyages”, Orient Express Silenseas is jumping into the latest wave of cruise popularity as the industry makes a post-pandemic comeback and some cruise lines even report historically high booking numbers in 2023.
The Silenseas yacht also features two swimming pools, two restaurants, a chatty bar, state-of-the-art amphitheater and recording studio. Above all, sailing is also relatively sustainable with a hybrid propulsion system powered by liquefied natural gas.
The first traveler crop will end in 2026, 140 years after the first launch of the Orient Express. This new venture is inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, when Brigitte Bardot reigned as “queen of the Côte D’Azur” and photographer Slim Aarons snapped the glamor.
This attraction will follow on board, where guests can enjoy spa treatments, meditation sessions, and break explorations, allowing them to “completely disconnect from reality and stop time.”
The interior of the ship, which we have not yet seen fully, will be designed by the famous architect Maxime d’Angeac, who is also responsible for the interior design of the rich Orient Express train cars and the interior design of the new car of the Orient Express. hotels.
“With Orient Express Silenseas, we are opening a new chapter in our history by taking luxury travel experience and excellence and transferring it to the world’s most beautiful seas,” says Sébastien Bazin, Accor Chairman and CEO.
“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. This is a boat designed to make dreams come true, a showcase for the best of French craftsmanship.”