Royal Caribbean expects to earn a profit from next year as more of its ships return to service in the coming months.
The group said bookings for 2022 sailings were “within historical ranges”, with prices above 2019 levels, even when the impact of future cruise credits are taken into account.
The company, which owns Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea, said two-thirds of its ships – 40 in total – were now back in operation, despite a “dip” in bookings due to the outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
The group, which also includes a joint venture that operates German lines Tui Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said it had carried 500,000 guests since the resumption of cruises, with this number set to surpass one million by the end of the year.
It added that 50 of 61 ships will be back in service by the end of 2021 – representing around 80pc of the group’s total capacity.
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