P&O cruises has launched the first ever escape room at sea for families to enjoy while sailing the seven seas.

Mission Control will see holidaymakers plunged into a fictional submarine – the Arvia II – and must work as marine explorers and underwater detectives under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Ryan who will guide them through the family-friendly adventure.

Realistic 3D surroundings will transport tourists into ocean anyons, encountering sunken cities and underwater creatures.

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Motion simulation and fully interactive consoles will put them at the heart of the action, while 3D surround sound completes the immersive experience. And, it’s pretty believable too…

To create an authentic guest experience, the developers at Düsseldorf-based technology company, Tennagels had to understand the controls and technological functions of a real submarine and build these into Arvia II to create the intense storyline.

Your heart will race as you try to complete the quest and escape the submarine.

Thankfully, the escape room is appropriate for children so the whole family can get stuck in before going to enjoy the pool, snacks and entertainment on board the Arvia ship.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We wanted to create something brand new and we believe this is the first of its kind in the world. Our technology partner specialises in things that have never been done before so boarding Arvia II is guaranteed to wow our guests and be like being in the biggest blockbuster movie.

“The unique environmental experience will also leave guests with a greater awareness of the need to protect our fragile marine ecosystems.”

If you want to try out the incredible submarine mission yourself you’ll need to book a stay on the P&O Cruises Arvia ship.

You can bag 14 nights sailing around the Canary Islands on the Arvia maiden voyage from just £1,299 per person.

The price includes kids' clubs, full board meals and entertainment.

Arvia departs from and returns to Southampton on December 9 with ports of call art Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Cadiz and Lisbon.

Alternatively, a Caribbean 14 night cruise costs from £1,078 per person.

Departing from Southhampton on January 6 2023 the ship will stop at Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Kitts and Tenerife.

All flights, full board meals and entertainment are included in the price.

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