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P&O to feature first-ever escape room experience aboard new ship Arvia

P&O Cruises new Excellence-class cruise ship Arvia will debut the cruise line’s first-ever escape room experience.

The multi-sensory escape room will be set underwater aboard a fictional submarine called Arvia II, with participants required to complete a series of live-action puzzles.

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The Mission Control escape room sees a character called Dr. Ryan lead an expedition that P&O Cruises says contains multiple storylines, suitable for all ages, with a “film-like plot of twists and turns including motion simulation”.

“Holidays are all about new experiences and the immersive escape room will create unforgettable action-packed moments with family and friends,” said Paul Ludlow, President, P&O Cruises.

“Mission Control will expand our onboard entertainment offering even further, giving guests an opportunity to create unique bonding experiences they will talk about for years to come,” he added.

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mission control will debut aboard arvia

Escape rooms are interactive experiences in which people are “trapped” in a room for a set period of time and can only “escape” by solving a series of puzzles.

They’re a fairly recent addition to the array of activities offered on large cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean offers escape rooms on eight of its ships, with space-themed puzzle games, underwater adventures, and futuristic settings.

Aboard Norwegian Encore, there’s a Spanish galleon-themed escape room, while passengers on Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess can take part in the “Phantom Bridge” escape room.

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the skydome aboard arvia

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Arvia is expected to enter service in December, 2022, she is a sister ship to Iona, but will feature a number of new experiences, such as the escape room, and the previously announced Altitudes, which will comprise a high ropes experience, mini-golf and a water splash zone.

Not much has been released about Arvia in terms of her interior design, amenities, experiences and facilities, but Iona carries 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew, and boasts a three-deck-high atrium with a grand staircase.

She also offers 17 restaurants, including 8 specialty restaurants, and 12 bars, an entertainment venue called The Skydome, featuring a retractable stage for shows, as well as a half-mile-long lanai deck with a covered promenade, with outdoor restaurants.

She is the eighth of a planned total of nine Excellence-class ships in the Carnival Corporation fleet and will be the second launched for P&O Cruises.

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