Carnival Corp & plc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Micky Arison commenting on the outlook after the group published result for the three months to 29 February by saying that North American brands enjoy a slight rise in yields, but the ones in Europe – apart from Costa – are likely to see a slight drop.
"Our base of business for 2012 is solid and booking volumes have gradually improved, which we believe is a testament to consumer confidence in the cruise industry's long-standing record of exceptional safety. Despite the slowdown in bookings, all of our North American brands are still expecting a modest yield improvement in 2012 while our European brands, excluding Costa, are expecting to have slightly lower yields due in part to the slowing European economies.
Overall, based on current pricing trends, any consumers holding out for deeper than normal discounts may be disappointed."
Arison also noted that the company's cash flow remains strong and is expected to approach $3.3 billion in 2012 (including net insurance proceeds), which is sufficient to fund this year's capital expenditure requirements and expected dividend distributions without the need for additional financing.