Royal Caribbean has announced that its second resort will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world.
Perfect Day at Lelepa, located in Vanuatu, will be designed with sustainability as the focus, to safeguard the island’s ecosystem. It follows Royal Caribbean’s first private island project, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
In collaboration with the cruise line and the Vanuatu government, Cox Architecture, a sustainable design-focused architectural firm based in Australia, will lead the project.
Vanuatu prime minister Charlot Salwai and Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley said the destination will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu, showcasing its diversity and ecological features, along with providing a source of employment.
“We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed,” said Bayley. “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.
“Anyone who has encountered the tremendous natural beauty of Lelepa can understand why it is the perfect setting for Perfect Day. Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here.”
Vanuatu prime minister Salwai added: “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 extraordinary adventures and relaxation during their Perfect Day at Lelepa.”
Royal Caribbean recently started construction on its latest addition to its fleet, Wonder of the Seas. The new mega-ship will be the line’s fifth Oasis-class vessel and is set to be the world’s largest cruise ship.