Celebrity Cruises unveils virtual cruise experience


(Image courtesy Celebrity Cruises.)

Celebrity Cruises yesterday unveiled Wonderverse, a virtual experience that lets travelers explore a realistic digital recreation of the line’s newest ship, Celebrity Beyond.

The Wonderverse is a video-game-like virtual world where travelers can explore four of the Celebrity Beyond’s spaces, including the Grand Plaza, Resort Deck, Magic Carpet, and Sunset Bar. Each space is designed to match its real-life version.

Guests can also interact with the line’s leaders as digital avatars who share personal stories and answer questions about the ship. The avatars include interior designer Nate Berkus who designed the Sunset Bar, Celebrity Beyond captain Kate McCue, and Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.

Celebrity Beyond is the newest, most luxurious, and most innovative ship in our fleet, and I can’t think of a better ship to showcase its state-of-the-art design than in our state-of-the-art Wonderverse,” said Lutoff-Perlo in a press release.

Built in partnership with virtual event platform architects Surreal Events, the Wonderverse includes mini-games and activities, easter eggs, entertainment, and more.

Visitors can design their own customized avatars, choosing from hundreds of hair, facial features, clothing, and accessory options.

(Image courtesy Celebrity Cruises.)

The Wonderverse lets guests interact with other players through audio, video, and chat features. For larger groups, the Magic Carpet space also doubles as a virtual meeting room where up to 12 people can meet and chat at the same time.

Besides exploring the ship, guests can teleport to locations in Japan, Alaska, St. Lucia, and Santorini, where they can learn about the attractions and history of each destination, as well as book real-world cruises through an easily accessible portal.

Alex Korolov