Wind-powered ships are the next wave in ocean cruising.

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ve thought when seeing a massive cargo or cruise ship, “There’s no way that’s great for the environment.”

Well, ship engineers are doing something about it. Check out the latest concept ships from builders in Sweden and France. They’re tackling multiple forms of ocean travel – transatlantic car haulers to luxury cruise ships.

Here is the Oceanbird designed by Swedish shipbuilder, Wallenius Marine. This futuristic ship cuts emissions by 90%!

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The Oceanbird, a transatlantic car carrier, designed by Swedish shipbuilder, Wallenius Marine. Image source: CNN Travel

And we’re not done. Check out the SILENSEAS+ by Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Silenseas the sailing ship of the future
The SILENSEAS+ by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Image Source: Cluster Meca

This gorgeous ship “is a combination of sailing yacht and passenger ship offering the same passenger experience as larger cruise ship, with dimensions enabling to visit the most exclusive destinations around the world.”

This ship is so efficient that it can sail without releasing any emissions.

Sounds pretty fantastic, right?

My dreams of sailing like Captain Jack Sparrow are coming to fruition – guilt free.

Check out these resources to learn more:

SILENSEAS+ : concept of a sailing ship that meets new environmental challenges. Cluster Meca. https://cluster-meca.fr/en/silenseas.concept.of.a.sailing.ship.that.meets.new.environmental.challenges-33-41.php

Chantiers to test Solid Sail. 2019 November 28. by Malcolm Latarche for ShipInsight. https://shipinsight.com/articles/chantiers-to-test-solid-sail/

Silenseas. Chantiers de l’Atlantique. https://chantiers-atlantique.com/en/ships/passenger-ships/silenseas/

Eco-friendly cruise ships to be powered by sails. Updated 18th February 2021. Francesca Street, CNN. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-ship-sail-design-chantiers-atlantique/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_travel+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Travel%29

Sweden’s new car carrier is the world’s largest wind-powered vessel. Updated 13th November 2020. Jacopo Prisco, CNN. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/oceanbird-wind-powered-car-carrier-spc-intl/index.html

Oceanbird. Wallenius Marine. https://www.oceanbirdwallenius.com/

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