In less than six months, P&O Cruises new ship Arvia joins our fleet and brings with her a whole host of exciting and innovative experiences for our guests to enjoy. 

Are you ready for an underwater adventure like no other? New and exclusive to Arvia, Mission Control is a unique immersive experience. The concept combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and an intense live-action story to create a thrilling underwater odyssey in which our guests must save the day.

Set on board 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 Arvia II’s fearless captain and with the expert assistance of Dr Melissa Ryan, a virtual character who’ll help guide the mission.

Take a look behind the scenes…

Mission Control offers two one-hour experiences: a family-friendly adventure suitable for all ages and an adventure designed for adults. In both scenarios, guests will work together to solve problems, find vital data and strive to reach their goal. If they succeed in their mission, they’ll join Dr Ryan’s team and graduate as fully-fledged members of the Marine Research Institute. This unique environmental experience will also raise awareness of the need to protect our fragile marine ecosystems.

Phil Yeomans, Director of Entertainment, P&O Cruises said:

“We wanted to create something brand new and we believe this is the first of its kind in the world. We took the escape room (a really popular, fun, family activity) and a simulator, and mashed the two together to create a fantastic submarine experience.

When we came up with the concept, we needed a special partner to bring it to life and found Tennagels, a technology company in Düsseldorf that specialises in things that have never been done before; things you can only dream of, they can make it happen. And here we are with this amazing submarine that’s going to wow our guests. Boarding Arvia II is like being in the biggest blockbuster movie out there.”

To create an authentic user experience, the Tennagels developers had to understand the controls and technological functions of a real submarine and build these into Arvia II and create a compelling story. Michael Kelly, Entertainment Innovation Manager, P&O Cruises said: “The idea is that you step off Arvia and into Arvia II, where our top scientist Dr Ryan sends you off on a research mission, diving deep down beneath the ship.

Of course, things go wrong along the way and you have to figure out how to solve the problems to complete the mission. Mission Control completely puts the audience at the centre of the story. You really are on board this submarine, controlling it, steering and navigating the dive, flipping the switches and monitoring the sonar… you’re in control at every stage of this incredible journey.”

Wow! Mission Control sounds amazing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, plus discover all the latest on Arvia right here.

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