Orient Categorical Enters Luxurious Cruising Market

  Orient Categorical Silenseas

140 years after the launch of its first luxurious trains, the Orient Categorical legend continues with the revealing of the world’s largest crusing ship, Orient Categorical Silenseas.

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140 years after the launch of its first luxurious trains, the Orient Categorical legend continues with the revealing of the world’s largest crusing ship, Orient Categorical Silenseas. This revolution in maritime historical past is an bold enterprise that pushes the boundaries of what’s doable. The results of a novel French partnership between world chief in hospitality Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a globally main shipbuilding firm, this extraordinary crusing yacht of the long run with spectacular interiors will set sail in 2026.

“With Orient Categorical Silenseas, we’re starting a brand new chapter in our historical past, taking the expertise and excellence of luxurious journey and transposing it onto the world’s most lovely seas. This distinctive crusing yacht, with roots in Orient Categorical’ historical past, will provide unparalleled service and refined design areas, paying homage to the golden age of legendary cruises. Innovation is on the coronary heart of this ultra-modern ship that can revolutionize the maritime world with new know-how to fulfill at the moment’s sustainability challenges. It’s a boat designed to make goals a actuality, a showcase for one of the best of French savoir-faire.”

-Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor.

“With a signed letter of intent to order two ships, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is proud to herald a brand new period within the shipbuilding business with Silenseas. This idea, born in our design workplaces in 2018, is the quintessence of our savoir-faire within the fields of naval structure, the development of refined hulls, in addition to the design of luxurious areas. As well as, the set up of three SolidSail rigs, a revolutionary 1,500-square-meter unit wind propulsion system, for which we’ve developed and examined a primary prototype, will contribute considerably to the propulsion of the ship. Mixed with a hybrid propulsion system working on liquefied pure fuel (LNG), Silenseas will thus turn into the ship of reference by way of environmentally-friendly operation and design. “

-Laurent Castaing, Managing Director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

In 1867, Georges Nagelmackers boarded the transatlantic ships connecting Europe to America and set off on a journey of discovery to the USA. Fascinated by the grandeur of those enormous boats, the founding father of Orient Categorical trains explored the luxurious vacationers’ suites, with their wealthy and luxurious decor, adorned with distinctive marquetry. He skilled the social scene within the eating places and the distinctive ambiance of the lounges, libraries and leisure venues. This sea journey expertise would later encourage the 1883 launch of his now legendary prepare: the Orient Categorical.

Impressed by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, Orient Categorical Silenseas will echo the wonderful period when writers, artists, painters, princesses and film stars frolicked between Monte-Carlo, the seashores of Saint-Tropez, Cap d’Antibes, Cannes and its well-known Croisette and found a refinement tinged with beautiful insouciance and joie de vivre, inviting them to excessive escapades.

A 220-meter-long ocean treasure with a tonnage of twenty-two,300 UMS, Orient Categorical Silenseas will characteristic 54 Suites measuring on common 70-square-meters, together with a monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite (together with a 530-square-meter non-public terrace), two swimming swimming pools together with a lap pool, two eating places and a speakeasy bar. The singular cruise ship will have a good time the Artwork of Journey à la Orient Categorical: the quintessence of luxurious, absolute consolation and goals.


A tribute to artists and tradition, Orient Categorical Silenseas will invite visitors to expertise unbelievable reveals in its Amphitheatre-Cabaret and a personal recording studio will give a voice to essentially the most lovely melodies. This distinctive journey expertise, guided by the winds, will characteristic spa therapies, meditation classes and stopover explorations to find cultural treasures that enable visitors to utterly unplug from actuality and cease time.

Capitalizing on the expertise of those consultants in ocean racing, Orient Categorical Silenseas will sail with a revolutionary technological design generally known as ‘SolidSail’: three inflexible sails with a floor space of 1,500 meters every can be hoisted on a balestron rig, with three tilting masts reaching greater than 100 meters excessive, in a position to make sure as much as 100% of the propulsion in appropriate climate circumstances. This hybrid propulsion system will mix wind energy with a state-of-the-art engine working on liquefied pure fuel (LNG) and plans to make use of inexperienced hydrogen as soon as the know-how is permitted for ocean passenger ships, launching a brand new, extra environmentally pleasant imaginative and prescient of sea journey.

The newest feat from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique is a real crusing yacht of the long run combining the best French abilities. Famend architect Maxime d’Angeac will design the inside format and decor and Nantes-based design firm Stirling Design Worldwide will deal with the outside structure. Hetland Maritime additionally assisted Accor in creating the mission and within the ongoing discussions with Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The complete mission can be financed as much as 70-80% by industrial banks, with the rest supplied by a consortium of fairness companions wherein Accor may have a minority stake. 

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