Why Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Plunged Today

What happened

Shares of Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) sank on Tuesday after the cruise ship company said it was seeking to raise another $1 billion to fund its operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Fellow cruise ship operators Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) also fell on the news.

As of 10:40 a.m. EDT, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings were down 10%, 6%, and 6%, respectively.

So what

With most of its fleet unable to leave port due to COVID-related sailing restrictions, Royal Caribbean has suffered heavy losses during the coronavirus crisis. In just the first six months of 2020, it generated a net loss of $3.1 billion. 

Unfortunately, those losses are set to grow even larger in the coming months. Royal Caribbean said that while it hopes to resume voyages by Dec. 1, it could “provide no assurance” that it will be able to restart

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