Eurostar has announced ‘Eurostar Odyssey’, the first virtual reality experience designed to enhance a journey through an immersive onboard adventure. There will be specially designed headsets and will be available throughout the summer at peak travel periods.
As the summer holidays begin, the unique experience has been created to help the young and the young-at-heart see the journey to Europe in a new dimension. The free adventure is accessed by logging on to Eurostar’s onboard entertainment system on a travellers own Apple or Android device, and opening up the voyage of discovery.
As travellers take their seat, the roof of the virtual train transforms into a glass ceiling revealing the underwater world around them. Guided by two ocean explorers, Rose and Benoit, the journey is packed full of stories from pirates’ legends of lost treasures, to meetings with mermaids and an encounter with a charismatic octopus. A gaming element allows voyagers to count different species along the way, for those that like to compete.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: “Travellers are always asking if they can see the fish when travelling through the channel tunnel, and we’re really excited to make it possible as the first travel company to give its customers an immersive 3D experience. Throughout the summer we’ll be giving younger travellers free headsets so they can enjoy an exciting adventure under the channel, so as the summer holidays begin, why fly when you and your family can have so much fun travelling by Eurostar?”
Available on all of Eurostar’s new e320 and refurbished e300 trains through the on board entertainment system directly to a user’s own device, the experience will be accessible on services between London and Paris, Lille, Brussels, Lyon and the South of France.