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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH)

Participants
Frank Del Rio CEO
Mark Kempa CFO
Jessica John Vice President, Investor Relations
Stephen Grambling Goldman Sachs
Brandt Montour JP Morgan
Vince Ciepiel Cleveland Research
Steve Wieczynski Stifel
James Ainley Citi
Robin Farley UBS
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Laurie and I will be your Operator. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a Q&A session, and instructions for the session will follow at that time. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Ms. of Corporate President and Vice John, Investor Communications, Relations, ESG. Jessica Ms. proceed. please John,

Jessica John

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Frank Del Rio

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Mark Kempa

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Frank Del Rio

Mark. you, Thank

wrap prepared to like we on Before on XX. sustained sales program, our provide global our I'd up remarks, slide an update and sustainability

on We the impact are society driving of positive to through the this advancement committed program. and environment a

On greenhouse to to quarter, we under rate, our made gas the our new initiatives front during reduce the ongoing environmental in offset first purchase addition program. emissions the carbon

dioxide of credit gap to As help verified bridge X-year the a metric million will high-quality, period. effort announced in harboring is become the which measurable a to of summer, committed equivalent a feasible. carbon reminder, that until new near-term technologies step emissions reductions, offset our we over have we in purchasing X over decarbonization tons the This

sizable, carbon goal Our years that ton purchases offset plan of future increase reach neutrality. we us million and our is X in commitment to help

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Operator

Thank many [Operator question. time to to you, Frank. order In your Instructions]. Instructions]. X limit people as get [Operator through please the queue,

comes Stephen question of first Goldman from Grambling Our Sachs.

Your open. line is

Stephen Grambling

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Frank Del Rio

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Stephen Grambling

composition in look Perhaps half of the the driving or as any on versus new provide existing new what's When color back you and strong at a that? base, trends can cruise between quick the booking follow-up. custom year, the the you to brand to

Frank Del Rio

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Stephen Grambling

back Thanks enough. the in so queue. Fair much. I'll jump

Operator

Montour Morgan. JP next question is Brandt from of our And

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Brandt Montour

third self-imposed how raise in just bit a the months? and ability quarter, caps your taking even Hey. the of exit rate color to it my the X Thanks or Frank or Good next, little morning, call occupancy you hoping nearer more coming those perhaps maybe Mark, little a I X on everyone. to talk was for out better, you maybe bit foresee term, could questions. provide about

Mark Kempa

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I think XX% we occupancy. had roughly

effectively XX is carrying. to ships of our end the first And fleet than As fill we think number to at of approximately of better a we'll occupancy, operation, volume. XX% the in and We said time not I we're going When and again, time ahead entire passengers believe, in quarter. we have Rather we're quarter, price looking we're look that capacity. metric to the in have, first at just by we almost the discipline to operational that. we're quarter, want a do I continue our at maintain race and going as the look fourth

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protect So, and that. want equity. roll is fleet our brand Pricing occupancy discipline We is protect want the important ramping time to to again, long-term we us. and with time to up said our line in We've out.

thoughtful do to So, just than customer of it that manner to occupancy. rather cheap we're point a going and that chasing gain in rational

Brandt Montour

and how Frank, Mark. is levels? as And pent-up quarter and for to levels just you onboard travel Thanks there just eventually why long of as figure some any it the I those leisure this picture, one demand if positively above impact wanted out thoughts to then is wondering to I That's follow-up, settle the forward? last reason spend. would doesn't the why that, can structural give out themes think going of helpful. Anything trying on consumer spend was a it XXXX you might and revert call

Frank Del Rio

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trends it of As more prepared that you to strength strategy. that is of definitely been We and you gives then least elevated to as that I'm know, demand. also my so well, ever in yield, We're in brands, will. cabins? in the one have our much wallet and goes we are bundling our more the where can before the pent-up doing slightly in because fourth wallet because lead pay people the fresh truisms suites, in have But you'll and it upper the pay means the the cabins percentage declare column mix balcony put industry spend even than the permanent further onboard. this if ready and quarter just and it more at those and Is and the refill of by sense get time the reason remarks continue a of cabin see in that And categories, the to business even is onboard of make not quarter booking bundling will who them the or very sold are once in industry-leading believe higher it the spending three very they the fundamental onboard out you in wide third too the to bundling across combination more more the margin a it strategy. because why continues. victory early, fresher, in people it's onboard of that revenue positive revenue very they've because of yield I cautioned that -- onboard

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Mark Kempa

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Brandt Montour

for the thoughts, Excellent. guys. Thanks

Operator

And our from Cleveland question Vince of is Ciepiel next Research.

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Vince Ciepiel

my taking just for question. Thanks curious. I'm

the business up. sounds put exiting this side of opportunity some ramps prices alluded fuel the do are pre you You are occupancy pricings the back year, the were efficiencies quite business, on the and higher like within moving What but pieces as things the hopefully other they your strong, it and you 'XX, in next relates to pressures Curious Thanks. to going are can than to margins in think margin more normal. even think -COVID? you into gained is if cost

Frank Del Rio

it -great recession, in a Hey. not for that Hi, again than and margin up We've discipline. recession and we to improvement. have It's time later. later recovered their ROIC the more important to saw as I There seen still or decade setting that dropped decade nicely companies we're who during takes XXXX back pre great pricing have keep yields, ourselves Vince. prices Look, yet think XXXX years. some time a are expansion quite and

order maintaining long-term along drive fact balcony in going Vessel, that on margins short-term the the be factors pricing. pricing. the to we fixated X are of to the Norwegian increasing the of pricing load including are we're Prima end vessels that our sacrifice So introducing -- to And of New premium, is long-term XX%. our premium at we're percentage cabins, day what's with We'll preserve to going accommodations more

have we've see the including lot are using general we got being Mark the as is inflation But called mentioned: Mark times, into all a the primarily we during Zoom fuel, gotten market world. translating seeing high as And business, But becoming that inflationary Yes, food. out fact pressures Marketing line fixed those on smarter so are power. how were efficient. have whether customers inflation. getting it the we're are transitory so-called the items some pressures factors, during we we'll or And we our to that pandemic technologies: transitory that a And and mentioned, pretty pricing yields. more about we we ahead. -- is pricing cost that not. is inflation commodities, word that Pricing of power we power come have

late Generally forward, be is that And 'XX, online. XX% capacity that our on to speaking, to we're efficient more basis. margins tends anywhere should on in believe a new comes those improve. capacity. on So the It 'XX new unit XX% bringing from we events

tailwind -- us and as some So move we some profile, that for there's can forward growth think tremendous provides we our I there. inherently with opportunity

Vince Ciepiel

Great, And the relative were losing [Indiscernible], as land-based interested thanks. I alternatives. thought to follow-up that, to

being what gap. XXXX leisure of prices any ahead of any amount curious If qualify that levels, to see for towards XX% they of mean land-based or good at way way if a quantify and you it hotel were yield? relative XX%, moving Do a significant to there's you value to land-based can parity look opportunity,

Frank Del Rio

Look, think almost it do a brand. I there's and brand great have opportunity to you by

of way experience. provide consumers still that's you giving The some Cruise that Hotel industry that internal Hotel, compare the their is. ships and to always the a attractive of away You vacation, stay we drinks, to into the I cruise want is the just can always Norwegian accommodations, entertainment, a want full, meals, that your to a to because therefore continue the you vacations off ships is cruise we when a your to our that value a consumers you can't very can't Four total chains, are claw proposition, But do all at the value are -- perhaps opportunity region in which back we cost we're the hotel a great to full we charts. vacation that full. transportation, value compare are want tell And to why with it. is say offering combine market. a where And the but value, Seasons always opportunity that while location any analysis of rooms share

Mark Kempa

And claw bottom that line. that to majority compare the dollar we drops can every directly in back vast we The gap.

quickly. really pretty becomes this it really driver economic So bottom-line

So very we're on focused that. So,

Vince Ciepiel

Thanks color. the all for

Operator

next of our from question Wieczynski is Stifel. Steve And

Your line is open.

Steve Wieczynski

Hey, morning. Good guys.

a the about you normalized another the ask I'm path going on like their obviously of to third to seems that Meaning question parents year. most quarter it It I'm Frank getting vaccine that more. wondering demographic, get next kids to you back load factors just little a load that could So kids. talked to the you if factors debatable about bit of going speak, around lot is so are seems and not vaccinated. elaborate kind of

So starting case? relaxed January, to in to for kids normal, to get won't us questions CSO I the your guess load you do the factors And help that maybe vaccine yourself bridge once the if back see order case, this be that's or relax actual eventually is just here in is, gap. potentially mandate that not that

Frank Del Rio

we Yeah. extended This our XXX% requirement. -- I very don't vaccination that -- we're announce indefinitely soon have very, going to

that our brands. competitive to today to X think be a that I continues advantage

approval COVID just be crisis think yesterday. old early on. sometime health to XX to for eye of this we that vaccination The on for something etc., and stands from vaccinations, emerge in is our X announced understanding consumer's four-year-old. were a strong brands will much in the to because better vaccination in build our and I children's it's safety, same QX, the want up that likely given year My X standing

we then and cruise. cruises market one that will So don't I cruiser intends target significantly again a to intend than likely than who that vaccinated be cruise Time or believe more number more is one to and where those to who the is do general population past a time vaccinated see.

situation. sacrifice self-selection also anyone we're of translate is I load. X not a will point or whatever for X adding or to going But of number into children. a safety of or and the health bit sake believe to the that a it's So the

the as a vaccination will ought that's science what do. mandating we XXX% we So continue as long dictate to that

Steve Wieczynski

Understood. Thanks for that.

booking -pandemic bit bookings. moved are that And higher I'm good to is driving And uplift direct the that's else seems now that? something and as what just to that the Second change is well have maybe -- wondering that's question are of patterns right causing us direct? guys around seeing from something relative you kind if would this what long-term levels. it pre is And bookings you a direct it outside be could potentially think in or

Frank Del Rio

full work, and -- also that public of go and We're Wall back can't. mostly travel smaller agent we're companies community They've of out big in as been cruise are force. billions the it can seen Street unlike hoping the and dollars, we've to comes well. these businesses raise that

back. But improvements sequentially of come the that believe percentage our take have of with we But they to that any end we how have engage I'm to so do praying channel. quarter-by-quarter agency the the technology, It come day, they terms do offer operation, consumers We've booked being by travel and in is I wherewithal travel we prefer And is we to in prepared, coming we the back. is the once It back business We we seen way choices not, force. our if peers, agents. vessels do is we can, at fill have that that our with in in and our back And channel. fleet have the adapted, hoping that us. of will our biggest along bookings. of multiple full are of the

Steve Wieczynski

Okay. Thanks, color. Appreciate Great. guys. the

Operator

And is our next Citi. question Ainley James of from

Your line is open.

James Ainley

the garnering are suggest should please? color stronger ask my I brands demand [Indiscernible] you performances? for you scales, attracting you're the spreading to that the brand that that Great. something question. stack down brand seeing taking on I Thanks the Could interest. higher-end maybe much seeing out Is been have or for some guess be

Frank Del Rio

brands, than in brands luxury are exotic for contemporary because the their itineraries the Well booked the typically brands, there process. the more upscale planning out look, further longer,

into throughout and XXXX would that especially 'XX than in ecosystem. booking brand customer do but -- The back for the into ever. Norwegian, seeing the in normally is we half steady 'XX, Ocean booking they we're book, more visibility except progress we that of Norwegian better do and brands as so, and have the Regent than And volume coming on second all

go vaccinated. the year, into I is pandemic being with earlier, and to in said shots have first may internationally to we'll to to to equal, said like individual years, world out feel they very one cruise, UK, the the first starts learn day. went see take better can and as the confident have time weeks. I to consumers want away the we're for that live example. QX They to And of in COVID more population. to experts almost cruiser with to went from have if else to the the parts I that like went year to in cruise last to the background, It QX threat fade people is pleased next X COVID New population, in target all am few to COVID York for better and will -- and the is the demand they're being encouraged pan so how able I adapted. everything And different COVID the average earlier time than cruising afford than that, in I going said I Because flu. booster such traveled I how, cruise, the being an for it. a a have the every the do versed Italy, epidemic, not We of of But all ever-present

all is those not that again, so will to pandemic But going never to I'm or live COVID with points, we disappear. it. the learn to go is away the going encouraged And

James Ainley

the for can the but new restrictions. and that focal Seven looking Thank to Regent enough customer go majority ships cruise, Seas I'm about variety reason it's them you of handling you a and today? to offer I there's back the you're something how you you. do is sort And different to as asking want able but operating you come your And of to? can feel as given kind a ask restrictions you Are of follow-up, sail then loyal for might one of something see places the state

Frank Del Rio

but of is way -- based the longer haphazardly the -- short are ports. The on vessels our the the return availability not answer yes. of measured answer very is a in answer staging we're We

that South April our Alaska And beginning the 'XX time QX, we today closure that so, be By operating, QX and are early and in sailing cruise that QX the throughout exotic QX to time fleet seeing believe very the places by Xst, open. be to will start we the seasonal Asia, industry will We on which the being is in will by you in heavily throughout that of nature get abate. Europe believe America. then of world the we that entire

are are make lot of operations big the full. Company, second And suites, our of seeing which It's deal. with balconies in said, the and secret time will a the times so believe that have one because that that many wonderful of we yielding yes, highest by a yields yielding Company itineraries today itineraries that go ingredients back pressures driver I vessels our the all subside that those as to we're sauce after are cabins itinerary. We high with is

James Ainley

much. you Thank very Great.

Frank Del Rio

more time Operator, I for X question. welcome. have You're think we

Operator

Yes.

from is Farley last UBS. Our Robin of question

open. is Your line

Robin Farley

balance question. thanks. ask Great, to sheet a I wanted

just curious You a the paying on range the thinking. then leverage mentioned want to focus sheet undrawn. balance before I'm in why the you there's if to targeted sheet. the facility is, on billion-dollar you're balance And that slides return wondering I'm dividends related

curious Thanks. that to setting maturities have in years. big flow next so I'm the positive up. just you X and behind no You're close cash

Mark Kempa

Good range. " X/X below Pre the to morning, Robin. when X then sight going and we But to on to get lost had below goal to And goal covering get our X/X, was that first to our mid-term, X at be target of -pandemic first that. targeted is to X, leverage. we Yeah, think get near going "let's we're and the we X. haven't look I get, said

to management to do going into it. and times. to year-after-year to back before. to how get It's that, cash on down it, is with focused that there going chop it continue it we're done know we're So accelerating X some take do team. We've X, down but time that We flows

So confident we're we can there. get

business. We ability in the have the

of it forward, a remarks is management. around as that low now terms at taking not and commitment action think picture. In it. us I balance What really permanent having will commit and out balance go offensive us to dilution. on and/or I books than look, an rather that, we the of yet going to low-cost sheet more look further allow very is we're which broader some our on look to debt start to sheet to but the -- effective my into backstop necessarily have cost do draw Again, measure independently we worry this we billion-dollar stated in extremely to approach a have about does permanent as not I it's intend the

not is to draw intention it. Our on

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for backstop one [Indiscernible] seen additional debt make long-term to ahead that and our a Delta of we additional position of been without in sure think a unknown. look we needs, be we're all any always does some of again, is want So, what we've And provides this us to committing balancing in dilution. the thought

So is going sheet offensive go-forward our balance a approach again, this to more us on terms of an in basis. of

Robin Farley

cruise Thanks. final Are Okay, great. realize cancel -- credits you cruise, to to there's we I one not future issuing now not probably That when back Can which thing. just the makes have you -- sense. again,

Frank Del Rio

XXXX was. either I the I than sorry, much I'm in of that, earlier of the We the the No. it think quarter XXXX. end in or -- first stopped at first Actually, quarter mid-XXXX, believe that. --

second want So future of probably we have not XX. quarter ish - credits. issued say cruise to I

Robin Farley

Okay.

Mark Kempa

that slightly, but speaking, I their timeframe. off was the might generally be

Robin Farley

Great. Okay. you. Thank

Frank Del Rio

Robin. you, and you, And for today. thank everyone support Thank your time

We great will little safe. be your day a of and Have available questions to on. answer later any a stay

Mark Kempa

Bye bye. you, Thank everyone.

Operator

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