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Orient Express: after the trains, it’s time for luxury cruises

Orient Express: after the trains, it’s time for luxury cruises

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Orient Express, the Accor Group subsidiary it acquired in 2017, plans to order two sailboats from the Atlantic shipyards, with first delivery expected in 2026.


With the acquisition of the Orient Express, the Accor group has decided to revive this mythical train that travels between Istanbul and Paris. The world’s leading luxury hotel group is adding a new string to its bow by launching a prestige cruise line. The subsidiary will order two sailing ships from Chantiers de l’Atlantique that can carry up to 120 passengers, said its vice-president Guillaume de Saint Lager.


Orient Express has signed a letter of intent for the purchase of two ships. The first should be delivered within three years and the second during 2027. However, the group’s subsidiary has refused to reveal the financial amounts involved.


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We have completely reworked and adapted the concept of Silenseas, a large cruising yacht designed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), to the ultraluxury,” said de Saint Lager. “In the world of cruising, it will be the greenest boat“, he assures.



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