FILE PHOTO: U.S. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings cruise ship Marina arrives at the Havana bay, Cuba March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File Photo/File Photo

Norwegian Cruise Line Posts Massive Loss

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August 6, 2021

by Praveen Paramasivam (Reuters) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, whose Encore ship is set to mark the company’s return to sailing from U.S. ports over the weekend, reported a bigger quarterly loss on Friday as the pandemic had brought the cruise industry to a standstill.

An over yearlong suspension imposed by U.S. health officials forced cruise operators to raise billions of dollars, with some of them even pledging ships and private islands to stay afloat.

Cruise operators have been sailing from U.S. ports again in recent weeks with mostly vaccinated guests and crew after lengthy talks with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“2022 booking and pricing trends continue to be very positive driven by strong pent-up demand,” Norwegian Cruise said.

Net loss widened to $717.8 million in the second quarter ended June 30, from a loss of $715.2 million, a year earlier.

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta, Reuters)

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