A Private Vanuatuan Island will be the World’s First Carbon Neutral Cruise Destination

Vanuatuan culture | Photo ©David Kirkland

The new island destination will be targeted at Australian travellers, and created in close collaboration with Vanuatu authorities and local communities

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley and Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwa, have announced the cruise line will be creating the world’s first carbon-neutral cruise destination. Perfect Day at Lelepa in Vanuatu will also be the first private island destination designed for cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Perfect Day at Lelepa will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu to showcase the distinct natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation as well as provide employment and education opportunities, according to Salwai and Bayley.

“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,” stated Bayley on announcing the project.

The island’s carbon-neutral status will come following an audit and certification by an independent third-party expert, with the island to be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems. 

Perfect Day at Lelepa is the second island destination to be created by Royal Caribbean purely for use by its passengers, however the South Pacific island is set to have a drastically different look and feel from adventure park and accommodation spot Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas. The new destination will be aimed at Australian travellers with plenty of nature-focused activities such as hiking trails and snorkelling expected to be on offer on the island’s opening.

“…our guests around the world all have different definitions for their perfect day — and all of them are right. Our designers and nature have created the ideal South Pacific experience and we expect the results will be stunning,” added Bayley. 

Opening dates and more details to follow.

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