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P&O Cruises has released a brand new behind-the-scenes video showcasing Mission Control, the first-ever escape room experience at sea. Available exclusively on P&O Cruises’ newest ship Arvia which launches in December 2022, Mission Control is a unique immersive experience, combining an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story. P&O Cruises escape room

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Mission Control offers two one-hour experiences: a family-friendly adventure suitable for all ages and an adventure designed for adults. Set on board the fictional submarine Arvia II, guests will board in groups of up to 10 to form a team of marine explorers and underwater detectives under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Ryan, a virtual character who will guide guests through their mission.

The realistic 3D surroundings will take guests into ocean canyons, where they will encounter sunken cities and underwater creatures. Motion simulation and fully interactive consoles will put them at the heart of the action, while 3D surround sound completes the immersive experience.

To create an authentic guest experience, the developers at Düsseldorf-based technology company Tennagels had to understand the controls and technological functions of a real submarine and build these into Arvia II to create a compelling story.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We wanted to create something brand new and we believe this is the first of its kind in the world. Our technology partner specialises in things that have never been done before so boarding Arvia II is guaranteed to wow our guests and be like being in the biggest blockbuster movie.

“The unique environmental experience will also leave guests with a greater awareness of the need to protect our fragile marine ecosystems.”

Example Arvia cruises: P&O Cruises escape room

Arvia maiden, Canary Islands, 14 nights from £1,299pp

14-night cruise on Arvia (K203) for £1,299 per person for an inside cabin. Departing Dec 9, 2022, the price includes kids’ clubs, full board meals and entertainment. Departing from and returning to Southampton ports of call are Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Cadiz and Lisbon.

Caribbean, 14 nights from £1,078pp

14 night cruise on Arvia (K301). Departing Southampton on January 6, 2023 the price includes flights, full board meals and entertainment. Returning from Barbados, ports of call are St Lucia, St Maarten, St Kitts and Tenerife.

Caribbean, 7 nights from £1,537pp (fly cruise)

7-night fly cruise on Arvia (K303C). Departing Antigua on February 11, 2023, the price includes flights, full-board meals and entertainment. Returning from Barbados, ports of call are Martinique, St Lucia and St Maarten.

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