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Australian Cruise First With Launch Of Virtual Reality

Posted February 23rd, 2016

Cruiseabout has introduced never before seen technology to the Australian cruise market with the launch of the brand’s virtual reality experience.

The virtual reality vision is an Australian cruise industry first and has been produced in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line Australia to provide users with a fully-immersive, 360-degree guided tour inside Voyager of the Seas and Carnival Spirit.

The virtual reality vision is powered using cutting-edge Samsung VR headsets and will feature at select Cruiseabout stores in each state as well as online on the Cruiseabout website, accessible through Facebook and on mobile devices, exclusively for Cruiseabout customers.

Cruiseabout general manager Jarrod Pask says the cost associated with producing virtual reality vision has proved prohibitive in bringing the new technology to the cruise sector until now, while the technology required has only recently advanced to encompass a consumer version.

“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,” Mr Pask said.

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The vision is part of Cruiseabout’s strategy to enhance the in-store experience and empower customers during the booking process.

“This will be a game changer for the cruise booking process that is already a highly collaborative, interactive process, and we see access to virtual reality vision as a way to enhance the in-store experience for our customers, while ensuring all customers can access the vision via our online channels or their mobile.”

Jarrod said a big motivation in bringing the technology to customers was to help educate travellers and help them make more informed decisions.

“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.

“Both ships put on an amazing display for the vision and customers can look up, down and over their shoulder to experience what it’s like to be on board these ships complete with theatre performances, restaurant walk throughs, previews of the onboard facilities like Voyager’s FlowRider and cabin inspections.”

Cruiseabout plans to develop the virtual reality experiences across a range of ships.

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Laura Carlin

Give me big cities and culture over nature and wide open spaces any day, with the exception of a white sandy beach of course. Consider me a traveller with champagne tastes on a beer budget; I'd love my time overseas to be more glamorous than it often is. When in a new city you'll find me exploring the back streets to discover hidden gems by day and chatting with the locals with a drink in hand by night.

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