(1:40 p.m. AEST) — Cruiseabout has introduced virtual reality headsets to show Australians what it really looks like on a cruise ship.
Never before seen in the Australian cruise industry, the technology provides a 360-degree video tour inside Voyager of the Seas and Carnival Spirit, with more ships to be added soon. Customers wear the headsets to look up, down and over their shoulder to experience theatre performances, inspect different cabin types and virtually walk through restaurants and other facilities.
The vision can be viewed at select Cruiseabout stores, on the Cruiseabout website, through Facebook and on mobiles.
“The headsets we are using were only introduced in a consumer form late last year, while Facebook has only recently launched the functionality to host 360-degree video content, so we are at the forefront of virtual reality technology advances and proud to bring the experience to all customers,” said Cruiseabout general manager Jarrod Pask.
“For travellers that are new to cruise and unfamiliar with ships, cabin types and the onboard experience, this vision will be a huge asset to their decision making process as they have the ability to get a taste for it virtually before stepping on board in real life.”
Pask told media he’d like to expand the vision to river ships and small ships, so experienced cruisers could also “try before you buy” a different kind of cruise.
The videos were filmed in Sydney and produced in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line Australia and endorsed by Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, whose representatives attend the launch in Sydney yesterday.
CLIA Australasia commercial director Brett Jardine, who described the technology as “quite extraordinary”, told media: “It’s really about bringing those uncommitted cruisers [to cruising] and turning them into long-term, repeat cruisers.”
Visit cruisein360.com for more information and to view the virtual reality footage.