Royal Caribbean to develop private island in Vanuatu

Perfect Day at Lelepa will be focused on sustainability

Royal Caribbean will open the world’s first carbon neutral cruise destination in 2022 in the South Pacific.

The cruise line will develop a new private island destination in Vanuatu in partnership with the local people and north of Port Vila, called Perfect Day at Lelepa.

The island is located northwest of Port Vila and near Port Havannah.

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley said Perfect Day at Lelepa will showcase the natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation, as well as provide employment and education opportunities.

Perfect Day at Lelepa will also be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems and will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world. It will be a vastly different experience to what Royal Caribbean offers at the Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Image credit: Henry Brydon | We Are Explorers

“We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed,” Bayley said. “That idea goes beyond simply protecting the ecological features of Lelepa and includes showing respect for the people and traditions that make this a special place.”

“Today marks a major step forward in our island nation’s close relationship with Royal Caribbean and one that will support sustainable growth for future generations. The Ni-Vanuatu people look forward to welcoming Royal Caribbean guests from around the world to enjoy extraordinary adventures and relaxation during their Perfect Day at Lelepa,” Prime Minister Salwai said.

Bayley said, “Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here.”

Lead image: Photo credit – David Kirkland

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