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Norwegian Cruise (NCLH) top line in first-quarter 2021 hurt by cancellation of voyages due to the pandemic.
As of 1:50 p.m. EDT, shares of cruise giant Carnival (NYSE: CCL) (NYSE: CUK) had shed 5%, while Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL) was down 4.2%, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH) was off 3.4%. During an appearance this morning at an economic seminar presented by The Atlantic magazine, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "It may be that interest rates will have to rise somewhat to make sure that our economy doesn't overheat."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control's decision to allow cruise ships to resume sailing by mid-July comes at just the right time for Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL), which just reported a $1.1 billion adjusted loss for the first quarter. The real benefit, though, is that the resumption of voyages comes as Royal Caribbean has accumulated a large stash of cash. With $5.1 billion in the bank (but $20.7 billion in debt to go with it), the cruise ship owner looks like it has the financial means available to finish riding out this storm.