Vanuatu, one of the natural gems of the South Pacific, will be home to Royal Caribbean’s newest private island – Perfect Day at Lelepa.
The announcement was made by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley.
The destination, which is opening in 2022, will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu. It plans to showcase the natural beauty, diverse local culture as well as provide employment and education opportunities.
Sustainability at Perfect Day at Lelepa
The resort will be built with sustainability features designed to protect the island’s ecosystems. It will be the first carbon neutral private cruise destination in the world. Cox Architecture, a sustainable architectural firm based in Australia, will lead the project.
In a destination where natural beauty is in abundance, I think it’s important that sustainable techniques are used.
“We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed. 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.”Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley
I’ve been told that Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at Lelepa will be audited and certified by an independent third-party expert to ensure it meets the standards for carbon neutrality. Details about how it will achieve carbon neutrality will be released soon.
“Vanuatu is a true paradise for both our people and the visitors we welcome to our shores each year. 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 their Perfect Day at Lelepa.”Vanuatu Prime Minister
Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a different look and feel from Royal Caribbean’s popular Perfect Day at CocoCay. This is because guests around the world have different definitions for their ‘perfect day’. Royal Caribbean plans to create the ideal South Pacific experience.
Personally, I would love to take a cruise around the South Pacific islands. I believe that this move by Royal Caribbean will help to encourage more cruisers to book a South Pacific cruise. For me, a South Pacific cruise should be about the beautiful destinations so hopefully Royal Caribbean will focus on this.