The joint announcement of the company’s newest private island destination was made by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley.
Partnership with locals
Salwai and Bayley said the destination will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu. It will showcase the natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation, as well as provide employment and education opportunities.
World's first carbon-neutral private destination
‘Perfect Day at Lelepa’ will be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems, with the claim it will be the world's first carbon-neutral private cruise destination.
Australia’s Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused firm, will be the lead architect for the project.
Respect for traditions
‘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.’
‘Vanuatu is a true paradise for both our people and visitors we welcome to our shores each year,’ Salwai said. ‘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’s guests from around the world to enjoy extraordinary adventures and relaxation during their Perfect Day at Lelepa.’
Perfect Day at CocoCay is now Royal Caribbean’s top-rated global destination, and it’s drawing people new to cruising as well as muting the impact of losing the high-yielding Cuba routes.