Royal Caribbean announces carbon neutral private island experience in South Pacific

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The South Pacific island of Vanuatu will become the site of Royal Caribbean’s new carbon-neutral private island destination.

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley announced the partnership, saying the focus will be to showcase the ecology and culture of the island nation while providing employment and education opportunities.

“Anyone who has encountered the tremendous natural beauty of Lelepa can understand why it is the perfect setting for Perfect Day,” said Bayley. “Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here.”

Perfect Day at Lelepa will differ from Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay private Caribbean destination through an experiential design that will give visitors more diverse options for activities. “Our designers and nature have created the ideal South Pacific experience and we expect the results will be stunning,” Bayley added.

Australian architectural firm, Cox Architecture, which specialises in sustainable design, will lead the project. The site’s sustainability will be audited and certified by independent third-party experts to conform to standards for carbon neutrality. Royal Caribbean will announce details on the various sustainability initiatives on the island in the future.

“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 the visitors we welcome to our shores each year,” said Salwai. “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.”

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