The Royal Caribbean  Group said on Thursday that it was experiencing a decline in reservations and an increase in cancellations as COVID-19 instances in the United States increased, owing to the Omicron variation.

Royal Caribbean Group - Wikipedia

Despite this, the cruise line claims that the interruption was not as bad as it was during the Delta variation wave earlier this year.

Royal Caribbean's cruise lines have carried 1.1 million passengers since resuming operations in the United States in June, with 1,745 persons testing positive for COVID-19 and 41 being hospitalized.

"Our case count has spiked, but the level of severity is significantly milder," said Calvin Johnson, Royal Caribbean's chief medical officer.

While sailings for the second half of 2022 are still being booked within historical ranges, load factors for the first half of 2022 are still below historical levels, according to the business.

Royal Caribbean also reported that service problems were occurring at several locations, adding that 16 of the 331 destination calls had been canceled or "significantly modified" to date.

In early morning trading, the company's stock increased about 2%.