First steel cut for Orient Express Corinthian

Chantiers de l'Atlantique commences work on first Orient Express Silenseas sailing ship

The first sheet metal cutting ceremony for Orient Express Corinthian, the first ship in the Orient Express Silenseas fleet, was held on Thursday last week at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Orient Express is a luxury brand of Accor, and Accor is the latest hotelier to make a move onto the open sea, unveiling plans for its first vessel in January last year. Other hotel brands that have entered the ultra-luxury marine vessel segment include The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Aman.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we are starting this great adventure today alongside Orient Express. This ship, a technological marvel which will revolutionise the world of luxury cruising, will represent the quintessence of Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s know-how and will be a benchmark from an environmental point of view,” said Arnaud Le Joncour, Commercial Director of Chantiers of the Atlantic and Program Director.

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The first cruise ship equipped with the Solid Sail sail propulsion system, the ultra-modern sailboat will sail thanks to 3 rigid sails of 1,500 square metre each which will be hoisted on 3 tilting and rotating balestron rigging and a latest generation hybrid propulsion operating, among others, liquefied natural gas.

The ship, which will celebrate the art of travel according to Orient Express thanks to its luxurious interior design, will welcome its passengers in 50 suites with an average surface area of ​​70 square metres. It will fly the French flag.

Orient Express Corninthian is earmarked to launch on 22 March 2026.

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