Cruise news: Royal Caribbean’s new private island destination and more

This week on cruise news, the industry elevates as we see the debut of the first carbon-neutral cruise destination, a new sports and wellness cruise concept and more.

First carbon-neutral private cruise destination

Vanuatu, one of the natural gems of the South Pacific, will be the new home of Royal Caribbean’s newest private island destination – Perfect Day at Lelepa, Vanuatu. The new project was announced by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Michael Bayley.

Perfect Day at Lelepa will be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems and will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world. Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused contemporary architectural firm based in Australia, will serve as the lead architect on the project.

“A true paradise”

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.”

Princess Cruises’ newest ship

Sky Princess

Princess Cruises has taken delivery of the 3,660-guest Sky Princess, the 18th ship to join its fleet, at an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Sky Princess boasts a host of new features that will also be on another sister ship, Enchanted Princess, which launches in Southampton in June 2020. These include two ‘Sky Suites’, which have the largest balconies at sea and are centrally located on the top decks with 270-degree panorama views.

The 143,000-tonne vessel is the first purpose-built Princess MedallionClass ship.

Sports and wellness on water

Blue World Voyages

Blue World Voyages will launch the world’s first sports and wellness holiday on water in 2021, a new cruise concept entirely dedicated to ‘Active Lifestyle Cruising’. Not only will Blue World Voyages be the first vessel to focus on fitness and well-being, but they will also be the first to invite passengers to become partners, in exchange for a minimum investment of USD 500.

The cruise line is preselling 500 memberships to its VIP Founders Club, an exclusive group of passengers whose collaboration and input of ideas will contribute to designing the perfect cruise experience, tailored to their own active lifestyles.

SS São Gabriel sneak peek

SS São Gabriel Suite

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has released a sneak peek of its new Super Ship SS São Gabriel, set to debut in Portugal on 9 April 2020. One of four Super Ships launching next year as part of the brand’s continued elevation, the brand-new SS São Gabriel will join fellow new Super Ships SS Sphinx, Mekong Jewel, and SS La Venezia for the 2020 season.

Set to be the newest ship on the Douro River, the SS São Gabriel was designed to embody the Douro River Valley region through its décor, food and wine. The entire top deck will offer all lavishly appointed suites enhanced with Butler service, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like.

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