Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH)

Andrea DeMarco Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Frank Del Rio President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Kempa Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Felicia Hendrix Barclays
Jared Shojaian Wolfe Research
Steve Wieczynski Stifel
Brandt Montour JPMorgan
Harry Curtis Instinet
Thomas Allen Morgan Stanley
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Good morning and welcome to the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Carmen and I will be your operator. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions]

As a reminder to all participants, this conference call is being recorded. to conference like host to now Ms. would turn over the your I President and Investor DeMarco, of Andrea Vice Relations Corporate Communications. Mr. Marco, please proceed.

Andrea DeMarco

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Mark Kempa

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Frank Del Rio

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Thank Instructions] first question Hendrix And you Felicia Mr. Andrea Barclays. is our ahead. Please go [Operator from with

Felicia Hendrix

good getting starting Hi, sounded to earlier just pricing the year back Frank the around into everybody. your quarter with fourth year. for you third and and remainder quarter, next you, for commentary of morning bullish

look So since August. us if XXXX, as talk could you changed last about in have I was what may wondering you towards you updated

but mentioned you year couldn't prepared think XXXX? you've was acceleration I in or your this remarks seen tell of that remainder demand, I in to an the that if referring

Frank Del Rio

Felicia. is XXXX. No. primarily just about into XXXX done It's

as I into year-over-year. last So of we excuse XX% six window the And to seen demand quarter-over-quarter has acceleration -- XXXX. have business mentioned the overall our XXXX four over an booking expanded really weeks into me,

particularly at prices. is that strength X.X% to and drive indication of in higher industry on able as company of of think an increase the as capacity I load overall And our good the both and we're

prices, raise year-end load unusually is face high you window, I win can't the is an trifecta extend can that of what capacity your enough booking your increase a in what growth. stress that

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all be We what year itineraries coming fine-tune and and continue this tremendous we our with be year. we to performance lower-yielding regions higher-yielding next roost expect to to regions. And year to couldn't from away another it's just happy our home

Felicia Hendrix

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versus now in the But of you've low where terms for the was booking you You you in pricing XXX in normalized? fourth much now relative first your that and mention the windows just seen -- as into basis any wondering window normal the that quarter is booking is or look Bahamas and And following due to did yield. and to the booking at the are of first pricing impact half? terms points quarter I'm Dorian of net leading

Frank Del Rio


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Mark Kempa

exactly That's to on that. And right. just add

up points at Caribbean. If about actually XXX, impact guidance our and yield, coming was But we're XXX look excluding of from all implied flat. our you basis the primarily the QX prior that's Dorian,

strength in So the view. core seeing market again, that forward in we're

Felicia Hendrix


the So it hear about Dorian quarter, won't anymore the first sounds in we like?

Frank Del Rio

as much. Not

Felicia Hendrix

you. Thank Okay.


Research. question Wolfe Jared from our is next Thank Shojaian from And you.

open. Your line is

Jared Shojaian

morning, my Hey, question. for everyone. taking good Thanks

think or So mean just I on that a side any some more a about question to to guess I for the booking there terms raised risk Is Have expanding. date the pricing you taking even year windows continues now two thought ago policies? some raise position know thoughts and on days. you. I expand, of I of XXX decisions obviously, just your -- Frank forward right you the longer? guess in booked deposit your the but I pricing not deposit to

explored. that as you you that's I really something Can about that and that have more have of nonrefundable see not And your into? guys where side. just competitors the you focused you how could area on then an some talk expand know opportunity

Frank Del Rio

Good morning, Jared.

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we're lowest-yielding And to out customer never out that. to because so have of to guests itineraries continue that areas take refurbishment Spirit been past going to Africa, to huge exotic advantage more Australia, Island areas we've historically marketplace, never those base, the sending Asia, our files a Canary before. our sailed those taking we're the her after of her and of doing one We're winter areas

process prove per yields, the of our years So that the earnings last more occupancy, five all marketing or revenue, I higher share, selling works. help lower and philosophy costs, performance four things more strategy think that these over that higher that

Jared Shojaian

is Okay, a for unit unit up? why X%. about thank on ex-fuel is at cost, talk dry X% versus, it? at to that next about headwinds, maybe a historically Pearl out approach an ex-fuel that to took the at marketing you. out year for XXX know starting and higher at you've marketing year points question I look the subtract a I cost then X% why basis you is costs docks talked If Cuba, point this year, out year. year this then for growing as X% look And to you're year X% in it right maybe to not up called next what call year that's can X% the with normal a all and calling Dorian, unusual maybe XXXX, This you And you that's the still but incremental Mark hitting X% just you're X% range.

little So that a better? me bit can you about help think

Mark Kempa


So, thanks Jared.

marketing the with side. start me Let

So, listen, have we stated a we've go-to-market strategy. publicly

X see to We in return marketing minimum dollars that. through are hopefully afraid that to get net spend a on greater to yield and And think our not going Xx coming we're performance. when I you

to continue expectations our We strong just and through It's the our by revenue, It's outperform pricing. guidance and front. beat across happenstance. beat strong not that's and onboard ticket

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have we're on stance higher we you plans to But X% give on we're to business we'll to and still think can everything do about XXXX. now -- that for dry by thinking more better to outperform going call. guidance year, that our do as the with that our next finalizing that. in But maintain our February for side cost additional operating days dock we're -- to we're still our going about I we in it's about XX going we're Yes, X% days

Jared Shojaian

Okay, you. thank


next Steve with Stifel. from our And question you. is Wieczynski Thank

is line open. Your

Steve Wieczynski

guys. good Hey, morning,

to So, bit little very had gave good a quarter around obviously and one more. into month that And yield already by dig a is guidance. want very, basis kind I after your guess beat XXX first, is belt you the under which question the that's beat the third when you strong little your a you of bit, guidance I yield points,

they the can little more performed a how So so last you quarter third understand months, why me two help well? bit the

Mark Kempa

is this Mark. Steve, Yes. Sure.

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make at our the in of I every was year-over-year, somewhere I you it basis, If revenue X% -- onboard that of you on look when a and as Joy, incremental up the onboard adjust transfers all allocation at revenue the say you to have think this look quarter, core mid-single-digits. was to for the up GAAP X% if reported as that from zone well our we benefit

is to coming to the mine. continue that. week-in, that tell We And through always day-in, continue business. we we really strength I and the strong our that's So, see in coal you that canary that see week-out guys and watch

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Steve Wieczynski

I pretty seeing where all say yields quarters? and as Mike. load out that, X.X% up kind next look we to Thanks is you already your understand right let's to consensus But forward X.X%, I If And understand you're our next around Okay. upbeat said at I now. commentary is year And what which look apologize. is, you're to here right I hovering if of guess are guess to fair it that trying pricing are year, are now, say bless I'm four in obviously not factors going number. we what

normal first normal or don't I the about you remind talked can answer below this, you going Mark range your you're but And or second quarter range expectation. your quarter, expectation what think us is? being to

Mark Kempa

when the you it's a brand typically advise yield higher look combined X% And X% we it. growth. that consolidate a for We Sure. obviously each aim expectation for brands, you at when individual company a of bit that to equates each yield of

look a -- said I first looking about we drag. -- which So, basis over as XXX the point Cuba half rolling you we've when are at is

first expect still be that It would half. see not to X% range basis, full to somewhat will comfortable model we're going achieve year-over-year the that for again than and a targets. we're within those that year I you're lower growth that X% But So, going to that. on we'll

Steve Wieczynski

all And quarters Mark, right four is say you load in up now? factors that pricing -- did sorry, and

Mark Kempa


we up in You are thought for said I remarks XXXX. are pricing all correct. that that quarters in XXX% prepared load his in four had Frank and

Frank Del Rio

all-- Across

Mark Kempa

point. Good

Steve Wieczynski

I I that. missed guys. it. Thanks apologize appreciate if Really


Please next ahead. question with Montour JPMorgan. go And Brandt our you. from comes Thank

Brandt Montour

Good my questions. morning taking Thanks everyone. for

of thinking half, about on the pile going to it's question. the first slightly I'm Caribbean to kind but just in So, this, different

of If impact, time you versus like pricing any of would looking out? be in Dorian in year-over-year what were book kind able and to Cuba and would the this terms volume magnitude look where out strip you

Frank Del Rio

would our apologize, I I if Sorry, look it's think very -- Dorian, difficult we was hear asking but you Cuba your Brandt, that so stripped like to question? out that what is you're outlook and

Brandt Montour


if up Dorian -- in you of first price, like magnitude? stacks how the stripped in Caribbean terms the Hurricane out the half book and the Just volume in

Frank Del Rio

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first So in we are -- up that on a load similar basis, and half.


Brandt Montour

– then those more like you ultimate pricing longer-term you say guys upside upside on details lot guys give any to from color the of your Alaska, capacity, enhancement you us that recently. Can sort there? the And and you only Okay. announced of let's projects the a in not but onboard from that said obviously have around extra on

Frank Del Rio

capacity, much continue as market that to additional market Well goes time we're going to allocate testing can seeing and we by. how the

we have the XX,XXX. XXXX, -- Norwegian we ago over the will ship. for So years three last X,XXX we three In example three, years had passenger brand

doubled we've a period. our So capacity over almost X-year we're Alaska - in almost

be the wouldn't If don't done we we're we were done. And we investments think making we thought making. we're that

finalize it's think get as we've to presence going strong and got that a we in as a Alaska these I investments. stronger So think we anyone

that is you got huge there. Department. one we As years. you Parks can't example slotted you for another are fortunate the were have is. know to is area. win is and by this tell Alaska very destination that Glacier granted Bay I We -- I sort U.S. the XX that for how visit XX best people deployment The the a our of years. a It's It strategy cornerstone Alaska number to of in want permits

it and advantage we to we as and ships incredibly to to strong take very now as we're the that capacity so and itineraries make adding Alaska strong it's to And sure want our largest bring And we much to region. have can. berth of again onboard for prices ticket the pricing our

Brandt Montour

be should about If those one in I returns announced? more here, we sneak how that great. could That's projects just you thinking on

Frank Del Rio

they think is for a destination-centric again. region. pay over over and Alaska I themselves Well

percent to has be got if to little a have and you come going by capabilities. leadership to programs to will. through give a role in and struggle later. I'm developing we're the taking you very -- It's the ticket in land You've net But got yields ROI, to come all these hard I the not place that answer flown land our bit

Mark Kempa

Alaska the proper the of positioning, frontier left is a around speak. consumer there's space so right? to we ports, this have in not strategic It's We go Brandt making to. to know to, wants that lot go the sure to last destinations

that get of there. a we yields premium securing We for long-term So out we know basis. are

those difficult come specific line we the that top through will we're that just doing. -- to initiatives but from the So see in returns measure

Brandt Montour

a Got it. Thanks lot guys.


our Harry Curtis ahead. you. Please Thank with next And Instinet. comes question go from

Harry Curtis

It on two -- sounds to I a it's the Good tale -- the of first first follow-up or wanted like everyone. drag. quarter Mark's morning, the halves. on comments about half

second reason do when you don't those in typically visibility. kind made were of much have much visibility bed how have the fell comments can you the the stock, share out think with of, So us I that half? you was

second half. And so question some about there the is

have? help us that details might it with you do what So to share

Mark Kempa

have I'm the I'll But XX% remarks We even and jump going visibility our brands prepared second will to XXXX. I look the our at are have. we've Sure. Frank sold tremendous for we books. in off half turn start always premium mentioned on that year sure here. in And think

we that's Our to remarks because from of to reality. difficult And a the as don't were in terms rolling around see comps back very expect really benefit you over cadence be that. we're At half from first yield half some will and high give just half Cuba. half, in the just second first

just form yield to half, are expect going half our be expect or of not implying we to would that It's X%. that. of So be full our a front story. we out fully any X% to fashion range We second in guidance year

Frank Del Rio

because not of comparisons. And but performance, year-over-year of because

half months Cuba of XXXX has five First and zero. in XXXX has

Harry Curtis

that Thank you clarification. for

about to talked you deposit coming. decent amount capacity question, a Second new and growth probably of is that tied the

you are So, of sense well? a deposit fleet growth if encouraging your on core to as give us able as that looks

Frank Del Rio


our up balance mentioned, sheet, XX.X%. you're ticket I As about is talking advanced if the will which sales, is on what you liability,

is the growth are One, capacity deposits XXXX the only by forward outperforming capacity XX%. Our growth X.X%.

we're reason why broader part than So, adjusted the that. growth, yes, obviously up is of XX.X%. for But Encore it's capacity much

comfort goes face that type per last the at were brand. we're lot if selling per number or at that you prices. this year a or outperforming just we vessel of you it's XX% you of on more give look to a can't higher get the capacity ship than by time ought I per But

stretched the point fact our booking is that XX% year-over-year. Another by data has window

underlying can't I stress enough look, So business. the the strength of

and weakness -- for brands. because to cruising said, the cruising be I And a weakness of see going We heck had QX, Cuba We've for last again, I'll the QX. quarter of of in enthusiasm effects no consumer's and is have a in year. no and on decline of QX that and say because see Dorian. XXXX measurable like we three we our in

Harry Curtis

Thanks, everyone.

Frank Del Rio

for Operator, question. we have more one time


Thomas ahead. Allen go Stanley. Please And our question Morgan you. Thank from next with is

Thomas Allen

me Thanks fitting in. for

question. one just So

talked X% in confident net yield feeling in XXXX. kind to still you where question, growth prior the of Just about X% that

And onboard are next of about that to mid-single-digit earlier you talked year? growth you. think currently. gives You to to kind the to about seeing see to also growth kind need and Thank onboard growth? of X% Do takes to continue continue that X% what reach

Mark Kempa


So can look consumer can We can it we get at from earlier, How extract do? Frank looking we as of we a that punch what onboard we more growth said consumer? forward day-out, in ecosystem dollars that in don't guidance. our day-in the our we're earlier terms How -- bake into pre-sell?

our at look most from the majority majority XX know, that has you revenue come the the in continues a to if outperform. history, our good I fact quarters, and of onboard last, beats eight to don't vast So

typically to the we that of X% we around surprised have revenue do continue onboard model we're great So and we somewhere neighborhood on while and pleasantly visibility it.

know. never You just

numbers. X% our to X% win, don't part need Sometimes hit we your that the sometimes growth to was casino the lose. continued player But they question? – can What X% of second

Thomas Allen

I will to it mean you what think X% what but that influence but about takes color? -- gives any other answered basically any and

Mark Kempa


reach booking helps ability the going again is differentiator earlier that on a really I outperform. strong us be to for think before ever our go and to ship. consumer item a a key it's and consumer key in us continue the continued the they That cycle to

Thomas Allen

Thank you.

Frank Del Rio

for Well, time your and thanks support. everyone

we Take As answer to care. any other may have. you will always today available be later questions


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