When the cruise trends for 2018 were announced by experts, few people expected virtual reality to play a role of significance. As it turns out, there are plenty of cruise ship companies who want to experiment both VR and interactive avatars. Although it remains to be seen how these trends will be established, we can expect some progress to be made throughout 2018. Cruise Critic experts see a bright future ahead for VR as we speak.
Cruises and Virtual Reality
When people put the words “cruise” and “virtual reality” technology, they would immediately think of a virtual vacation. The reality may be very different, according to experts from Cruise Critic. In fact, they expect to see both interactive avatars and virtual reality technology to play an increasing role of importance for passengers aboard these luxurious vessels. Augmented technology is also high up on the list of trends to watch out for throughout 2018 and beyond.
More specifically, we will see cruise ship companies bank big on technological innovations. It is of the utmost importance for companies to cater to passengers’ needs in every possible way. It seems that both virtual and augmented reality are high on the list of “requests” right now. So far, Cruise Critic experts have identified potential trends such as “virtual reality dining experiences” and “interactive avatars” as the top priorities. Both concepts are certainly something to look forward to, assuming these trends will indeed manifest themselves.
As one would expect, there are many VR-based opportunities aboard cruise ships. Although these trips are all about relaxation, it’s also about trying new things at the same time. For many consumers, the leap into virtual reality is still too big of a gamble. If they get some hands-on experience while on vacation, things can change relatively quickly. Especially the interaction with interactive avatars can contribute to making people aware of VR’s potential.
While all of this sounds impressive, only time will tell how things evolve. More specifically, there is no indication VR and AR will make a meaningful impact on cruise ships throughout 2018. It is certainly possible we will see some interesting experiments, but it’s hard to make any accurate predictions in this regard. We can only hope to see some interesting contraptions come to market this year. Who will bite the bullet first, is anybody’s guess right now.
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