Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Eurostar launches onboard virtual reality experience

Eurostar has launched a virtual reality experience on board its trains.

Specially designed headsets will be distributed to families throughout the summer at peak travel periods.

Eurostar Odyssey takes passengers on 'an immersive onboard adventure' into a 'virtual world of sea creatures, sunken treasures and mysterious sea-scapes'.

The free adventure is accessed by logging on to Eurostar's onboard entertainment system on a traveller's own Apple or Android device.

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, children will hear stories of pirates, lost treasures, and mermaids, and will meet a charismatic octopus.

Commercial director Nick Mercer 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?"

The technology is available on all of Eurostar's new e320 and refurbished e300 trains on services between London and Paris, Lille, Brussels, Lyon and the South of France.

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