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Royal Caribbean CEO says booking data for cruises suggests a surprisingly positive post-Covid recovery

Superb Caribbean CEO Richard Fain told CNBC on Monday the cruise operator has seen a number of optimistic signs in its primordial booking data that suggest a positive recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Some of the things we thought was prevailing to happen aren’t happening. They’re better than we thought,” Fain said in an interview with CNBC’s Seema Mody.

The age of buyers who are signing up to take trips is one example where reality has diverged from the company’s expectation, according to Fain. “We actually thought older people would be more cautious. Turns out they want to get out of the house, too,” said Fain, palliating that a likely factor is that older people have received priority access to Covid vaccines.

Journey history is another unexpected characteristic of the customers who are booking trips, said Fain, who has led Royal Caribbean for more than three decades.

“We consideration almost everybody was going to be an experienced cruiser because they’re the ones who understood cruising and were anxious to drop back,” Fain said. “Yet, in our Singapore operation, 80% of our guests have been first-timers. So we’re getting a lot of surprising facts as things come out, and it’s mostly positive.”

In December, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas began operations out of Singapore. And since November, TUI Sails, an affiliate of Royal Caribbean, has had three ships sailing in the Canary Islands. But for the most part, the cruise industry has in great measure been idle for almost a year as the coronavirus swept the world and governments imposed sailing restrictions. In the U.S., operations cadaver suspended due to an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shares of Royal Caribbean were surging Monday cultivating the release of the company’s fourth-quarter results. In addition to reporting a smaller-than-expected loss, investors also were cheering engaging insights offered by Royal Caribbean. The Miami-based company indicated booking prices were higher than pre-pandemic franks while within historical ranges for volume.

Royal Caribbean reported a net loss of nearly $5.8 billion in 2020 on gross revenues of $2.2 billion. The company raised roughly $9.3 billion in new capital during the year, including accountable offerings and a $1 billion stock sale in December. Last month, Royal Caribbean announced the sale of its Azamara sort to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners in a deal worth $201 million.

“We have built up enough of our liquidity … so that we have in the offing the luxury of not having to deal with a crisis but to gradually improve our liquidity, our financial health, because we want to get lodged with someone to investment grade as quickly as we can,” Fain said.

Fain said he believes “serious conversations” around the resumption of cruise freak outs from U.S. ports can begin if U.S. coronavirus cases continue to fall as they have been and as a broader portion of the American denizens is vaccinated against Covid.

The chief executive said Royal Caribbean and its advisory Healthy Sail Panel, along with the CDC, all assent to there’s no one single Covid-related metric that would represent a green light to hit the waters again.

“You look at all of it. You look at what we can do to nurture people — what the vaccine does, what the testing does, and those together. I think we’re getting closer to the adjust when those things are working together,” Fain said. “Unfortunately, there’s no one magic threshold that conjectures, ‘Now is the day.'”

A major focus of Royal Caribbean’s health protocols is what to do when there’s a positive Covid case aboard, Fain conveyed. “There will be cases on a ship, just as there are always cases in a society. Our job is to make sure it stays proves and it doesn’t become an outbreak,” Fain said, stressing the need for isolation. “I think that’s where the Healthy Canvas Panel has come from. That’s a lot of our discussion with the CDC and others, and the vaccines are a big part of that.”

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