French hotelier Accor is to enter the cruise sector with a pair of ultra-deluxe cruise ships that will be built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The pair of 220-metre, 90-passenger vessels will be operated by Accor's newly launched cruise arm Orient Express Silenseas, which falls under the auspices of the hospitality giant’s Orient Express luxury train brand.

Accor revealed on Thursday that it had signed a letter of intent with the Saint Nazaire-based shipbuilder for the two ships, with the first tentatively scheduled for delivery in 2026.