The world is continuing to find fun and interesting ways to inspire during these strange times, and the cruise industry is no different. Whether you’re new to cruising or an experienced sailor, the latest virtual content released by a number of the sector’s most popular lines gives you a taste of what you can expect once lockdown is over holiday mode is enabled.
Take a look below and prepare for cruise style cravings aplenty, without even needing to leave your sofa!
Ever fancied ticking the Caribbean off you holiday hit list? This interactive “Instant Caribbean Vacation” by Carnival begins on a sun-soaked beach and returns to the pool deck for a ride down the waterslide before breathtaking views of a glorious sunset!
We’re kicking things off by taking a look at Royal Caribbean and their cruise director, Abe Hughes, who launched his own virtual cruise as part of a mini experiment, and the uptake was so large that a second voyage of “Virtual of the Seas” set sail soon after.
The fun and interactive features include briefings via Facebook Live, trivia and a super-fun social media sailaway which encourages users to upload a picture of themselves whilst enjoying a tipple and tagging #VirtualOfTheSeas. Keep an eye on Royal Caribbean’s Twitter and Hughes’ Facebook page for updates.
This original web series for children follows two little girls who enjoy a trip on board an MSC Cruises ship with the Captain (their father), and fun-filled explorations soon followed.
A new web series has been developed targeted at teens which follows Markus, a teenager who goes on his first ever cruise holiday, and what ensues in the CABIN 12006 web series is an unexpected adventure…
For a taste of cruising luxury, check out Crystal Cruises’ [email protected] offering, which provides a virtual voyage on the company’s dreamy vessels. Features thus far have included a ‘Destination of the Week’ highlight which focus on places across the globe visited by Crystal ships, a special podcast, tips from the brand’s certified fitness instructors about how back to do your home workout, a live Facebook event featuring entertainment from their onboard performers, as well as ‘Sail Away Saturday’, which asks guests to share their best pictures and videos from Crystal holidays they’ve had in the past using the hashtag #CrystalFamily.
Looking for home cooking inspo? Sunday kitchen lessons with chef John Ashton via Facebook Live take place to give you plenty of culinary tips.
This super-fun idea was set up to gather a number of brilliant hosts from around the world on daily live streaming sessions and includes short documentaries, reading lists and filmographies. The ‘Crew Messages’ segment involves members of the Viking teams getting in front of the camera, whilst ‘Guest Greetings’ is a special channel where passengers send messages to said crew via videos on their smartphones.
Live streaming conversations with key figures at the brand including the senior vice president, Karine Hagen, and resident lecturers and historians also take place, where viewers are encouraged to send in their questions in real time. Check out Viking.TV for all the details!
Are you going to try out any virtual cruising? Or perhaps you have others to add to the list? Let us know by tweeting @icelollyholiday!