Royal Caribbean announced its latest private island destination yesterday (Image: Getty Images)
Royal Caribbean has revealed the cruise line’s latest venture to fans. The Florida-based company announced its latest private island destination yesterday. Vanuatu, one of the natural gems of the South Pacific, will be home to Royal Caribbean’s new undertaking. The country in Oceania is made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometres.
Royal Caribbean announce new cruise destination - South Pacific private island in Vanuatu
The islands offer marine adventures such as coral reef scuba diving and exploring shipwrecks.
Royal Caribbean’s private island will be on Lelepa - a lush 5km—long island with a population of 500, boasting tropical rain forest and palm-fringed beaches.
Perfect Day at Lelepa, Vanuatu will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world. It is set to open in 2022.
The announcement of the new project was made by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley.
Salwai and Bayley said the destination 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.
Perfect Day at Lelepa will be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems.
Royal Caribbean: Vanuatu is made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometres. (Image: Royal Caribbean)
Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused contemporary architectural firm based in Australia, will serve as the lead architect on the project.
“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.”