Announced in 2019, then put on pandemic hold, the cruise still plans top in 2022.
In 2019 Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley announced Royal Caribbean plans to develop a new private island destination on Vanuatu to be called Perfect Day at Lelepa. However, the cruise line put those plans on hold while dealing with Covid-19. Recently, Royal Caribbean said on their website that the destination would open sometime in 2022.
In 2019, 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 and provide employment and education opportunities.
Perfect Day at Lelepa will also be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island's ecosystems and will be the world's first carbon-neutral* private cruise destination.
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."
Vanuatu Prime Minister Salwai said, "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."
Bayley said, "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."
Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a different look and feel from Royal Caribbean's wildly popular Perfect Day at CocoCay "because our guests worldwide 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."