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AT&T, Samsung and Carnival Corporation Launch Virtual Reality Cruise Vacation Experience

People Visiting Lincoln Square Mall in Bellevue Can Experience A Fully Immersive Virtual Reality Cruise Experience at the AT&T Retail Store
http://about.att.com/content/dam/snr/2016/February%202016/cruise_virtual_reality_946x432.jpgTropical breezes and sunny beaches are out of reach during the peak of winter in Bellevue – but AT&T, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Carnival Corporation & plc are making it easier to access sun and fun on the high seas. Starting tomorrow, customers can walk in to the AT&T store at Lincoln Square Mall in Bellevue (700 Bellevue Way NE – Suite 105, Bellevue WA) and experience a fully immersive virtual reality cruise experience.

Visitors can trial a unique experience on the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus.  Store visitors can walk up to the Gear VR demo, put on the headset and be surrounded by the sights and sounds of a warm and sunny cruise vacation. The virtual reality content is first-of-its-kind and exclusively developed by Carnival Corporation and its 10 global cruise line brands.
Samsung Gear VR[1] – designed to accelerate virtual reality into the mainstream – provides an untethered, fully-immersive experience with 360-degree content for an extremely high quality mobile VR experience. Built to work with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5, the Gear VR headset lets people enjoy an ever-growing library of premium and entertaining games, apps, photos and videos.  
 
Consumers will also be able to enter a sweepstakes to win one of 10 seven-day cruises on Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line brands by checking the virtual reality experience and sign up via an in-store tablet or by visiting www.vrcruisewlcl.com. The sweepstakes is available Feb. 19 to Mar. 11.
“Our customers know they can come to an AT&T store to experience the future of a connected life.  The Samsung Gear VR is awesome, especially with this great content from Carnival.  We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show it off,” said Brian Shay, president, Retail Sales and Distribution, AT&T.
“Samsung Gear VR delivers an innovative way for people to transport themselves to far-away locations from around the world,” said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America. “Now, people can immerse themselves into a one-of-a-kind cruise line adventure, powered by virtual reality. We are excited to work with the premier brand in leisure travel to bring the complete cruise line experience to AT&T’s stores across the U.S.”
“Globally, the growing popularity of cruising vacations is far outpacing land-based vacations, by a 23 percent margin,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company. “But there are still many people who have not had a chance to enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience we provide with one of our 10 cruise line brands. With most of the U.S. dealing with winter weather, the timing for this launch is designed to give people a fully immersive look at why cruising is a great vacation – and helps remind them to think about going on a cruise when planning their next vacation.”
AT&T In-Store Experience at Lincoln Square Mall in Bellevue
The in-store virtual reality display uses the Samsung Gear VR headset. The headset has a wide field of view and precise head tracking for a great VR experience. The VR content, developed by Carnival Corporation, highlights decks, staterooms, entertainment venues and other exciting features. It showcases ships from the company’s Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line brands and beach and excursion offerings in Barcelona, Mexico and other popular destinations.  A full list of participating AT&T locations is available here: http://www.vrcruisewlclredemption.com/locations/. About 1100 more will have the content available on a Gear VR headset for demo by customers.
Details on Sweepstakes for 10 Free Cruise Vacations & In-Store Discounts
As part of the ongoing promotion, consumers can enter a Carnival complementary sweepstakes via an in-store tablet or on online at www.vrcruisewlcl.com. Participants will be eligible to win one of 10 seven-day cruises onboard Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line brands. Contest rules are available at http://www.vrcruisewlcl.com/terms-and-conditions/.
If a customer purchases Samsung’s GS6, GS6 Edge, GS6 Edge+ and Note 5 smartphones at one of the key 133 AT&T locations during the promotion, they will be eligible for onboard credit for a future cruise. It’s valid within the next year on select Carnival Corporation brands – Carnival Cruise Line: $25 toward a 3-5 day cruise or $100 toward a 6+ day cruise; Holland America Line: $100; Princess Cruises: $100.
Offer ends March 24, 2016. Req’s installment agmt & elig. svc. Tax due at sale. If svc cancelled device balance is due. Get onboard credit within 60 days after register and submit proof of purchase to Carnival. Credit provided by Carnival and subject to its own terms & conditions. Charges & restrictions apply.  See a participating store for offer details.
[1] “Read and follow warnings and instructions with the Headset before use. The Headset should be calibrated before each use. Not for use by children under 13. A virtual reality experience may trigger health reactions. See a doctor before use if you have a history of seizures. Stop use if you experience health reactions.”
Corporation Virtual Reality Sweepstakes Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Sweepstakes Period: The Virtual Reality Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on February 19, 2016 and ends March 11, 2016 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Times to enter the Sweepstakes are based on the method of entry.  Entries made in a Store shall be subject to the participating Store’s operating hours during the Sweepstakes Period.  Entries through the Site shall be permitted during the Sweepstakes Period beginning at 12:00:00 A.M. (U.S. Eastern) on February 19, 2016 and ending at 11:59:59 P.M. (U.S. Eastern) on March 11, 2016.  Entries by mail shall be subject to the terms below.
Who May Enter: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. The following persons are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes: (a) employees or officers of Carnival Corporation (“Sponsor”), Carnival plc, or their respective affiliates or subsidiaries; (b) employees or officers of AT&T Mobility, LLC, or its affiliates, parent company or subsidiaries; (c) employees or agents of any organizations directly involved with this Sweepstakes; (d) immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) and persons living in the same household as the persons identified in (a) through (c) above.
Full terms and conditions available here: http://www.vrcruisewlcl.com/terms-and-conditions/
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