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Pursuant To Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): May 6, 2020


  (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)  
  Republic of Liberia  
  (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)  


  1-11884   98-0081645  

(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)

  1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida   33132  

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)



Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 305-539-6000


  Not Applicable  
  (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)  




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Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share   RCL   New York Stock Exchange


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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (the “Company”) is filing this Form 8-K/A to amend and restate the disclosure originally included in the Form 8-K filed by the Company on May 11, 2020 under the heading “Item 8.01 Other Events—Risk Factor Update”. The below risk factor was corrected to remove incorrect language, including language that was inadvertently based on the disclosure in another company’s filing and was not prepared for, and is not applicable to, the Company.


Item 8.01 Other Events.


Risk Factor Update


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is supplementing its risk factors previously disclosed in Item 1A of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 with the following risk factor:


The global COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a material adverse impact on our business and results of operations. The global spread of COVID-19 and the unprecedented responses by governments and other authorities to control and contain the spread has caused significant disruptions, created new risks, and exacerbated existing risks to our business.


We have been, and will continue to be, negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including as a result of actions taken in response to the outbreak. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, travel bans and cruising advisories and the resulting temporary suspension of our operations, which is expected to continue until at least June 11, 2020, restrictions on the movement and gathering of people, social distancing measures, shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders, and disruptions to businesses in our supply chain. In addition to the imposed restrictions affecting our business, the extent, duration, and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the economy and consumer demand for cruising and travel is still rapidly fluctuating and difficult to predict. As such, these impacts may persist for an extended period of time or even become more pronounced, even after we are permitted to and/or begin to resume operations.


The COVID-19 pandemic also has elevated risks affecting significant parts of our business:


· Operations: Due to the global public health circumstances, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings of our global fleet through at least June 11, 2020 and Alaska sailings at least until July 31, 2020. It is uncertain as to whether we will need to suspend additional sailings and to what extent. The suspension of sailings and the expected reduction in demand for future cruising once we resume sailing has led to a significant decline in our revenues and cash inflows, which has required us to take cost and capital expenditure containment actions. Consequently, we have reduced and furloughed our workforce, with approximately 23% of our US shoreside employee base being impacted and, except for the minimum safe manning shipboard crew required to operate the ships during the suspension of operations, our shipboard crew were notified that their contracts would end early and they would be notified about new assignments when operations resume in the future, which may delay our ability to rebuild our workforce in the case of improved conditions.





    In addition, we have reduced our planned capital spending through 2021, which may negatively impact our execution of planned growth strategies, particularly as it relates to investments in our ships, technology, and our expansion of land-based developments. Furthermore, we have taken actions to monitor and mitigate changes in our supply chain, and port destination availability, which may strain relationships with our vendors and port partners. Due to the unprecedented and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to predict the impact of further disruptions and their magnitude. The impact of further disruptions may depend on how they coincide with the timing of when we seek to resume sailing. In addition, we have never previously experienced a complete cessation of our cruising operations, and as a consequence, our ability to predict the impact of such a cessation on our brands and future prospects is limited and such impact is uncertain.


· Results of Operations: Our decision to suspend sailings of our global fleet through June 11, 2020 and the resulting trip cancellations have materially impacted the results of our operations. We have incurred and will continue to incur significant costs associated with cancellations as we accommodate passengers with refunds and future cruise credits; as well as assisting our crew with their return home, food, housing, and medical needs. In addition, although cruise operations are currently suspended, we have incurred and will likely continue to incur significant overhead costs associated with layup of our fleet and enhanced COVID-19 related sanitation procedures. As we cannot control adverse media coverage and we cannot predict exactly when we will resume sailing operations, we are experiencing and may continue to experience weak demand for cruising for an undeterminable length of time and we cannot predict when we will return to pre-outbreak demand or fare pricing or if we will return to such levels in the foreseeable future. In turn, these negative impacts to our financial performance have resulted and may continue to result in impairments of our long-lived and intangible assets. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, we are finalizing certain impairment charges preliminarily estimated to be between $1.0 to $1.3 billion related to the impairment of goodwill attributable to our Silversea Cruises reporting unit and several of our vessels. Additionally, future profitability will be impacted by increased debt service costs as a result of our liquidity actions, including our 364-day senior secured term loan and certain payments made in connection with the amendments to our existing indebtedness described herein.


· Liquidity: The suspension of our sailings and the reduction in demand for future cruising has adversely impacted our liquidity as we have experienced a significant increase in refunds of customer deposits while cash inflows from new or existing bookings on future sailings has reduced sharply. As a result, we have taken actions to increase our liquidity through a combination of capital and operating expense reductions and financing activities. For instance, we borrowed an aggregate principal amount of $2.2 billion on March 23, 2020 and an additional $150 million on May 4, 2020 pursuant to a 364-day senior secured term loan. On March 27, 2020, we drew down all the remaining capacity of our revolving credit facilities for a total of $3.475 billion outstanding. On March 31, 2020, Moody’s downgraded us from Baa2 to Baa3, and on April 2, 2020 S&P Global downgraded us from BBB- to BB and our ability to incur secured indebtedness will be reduced if we cease to be rated investment grade by Moody’s and our access to capital and the cost of any debt financing will be further negatively impacted. Also, in April and May 2020, we obtained interim debt service and financial covenant holidays under certain of our export-credit backed loan facilities to generate a cumulative $820 million of incremental liquidity through April 2021. Our ability to raise additional financing, whether or not secured, could be limited if our credit rating is further downgraded, and/or if we fail to comply with applicable covenants governing our outstanding indebtedness, and/or if overall financial market conditions worsen. Additionally, due to the complexity of the pandemic’s impact to the economy and uncertainty of its duration, we cannot guarantee that assumptions used to project our liquidity needs will be correct, which may result in the need for additional financing and/or may result in the inability to satisfy covenants required by our current credit facilities. If we raise additional funds through equity or debt issuances, our shareholders could experience dilution of their ownership interest, and these securities could have rights, preferences, and privileges that are superior to that of holders of our ordinary shares. If we raise additional funds by issuing debt, we may be subject to limitations on our operations due to restrictive covenants, which may be more restrictive than the covenants in our existing debt agreements, and we may be required to further encumber our assets. If adequate funds are not available on acceptable terms, or at all, we may be unable to fund our operations, or respond to competitive pressures, any of which could negatively affect our business. There is no guarantee that financing will be available in the future or that such financing will be available with similar terms or terms that are commercially acceptable to us. Further, if any government agrees to provide us with disaster relief assistance, or other assistance due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we determine it is beneficial to seek such government assistance, it may impose restrictions on executive compensation, share buybacks, dividends, prepayment of debt and other similar restrictions until the aid is repaid or redeemed in full, which could significantly limit our corporate activities and adversely impact our business and operations. We cannot assure you that any such disaster relief would be available to us.





Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements


Certain statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K relating to, among other things, our future performance estimates, forecasts and projections constitute forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to: statements regarding revenues, costs and financial results for 2020 and beyond. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “driving,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “considering”, and similar expressions are intended to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations, are based on judgments, are inherently uncertain and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the following: the impact of the economic and geopolitical environment on key aspects of our business, such as the demand for cruises, passenger spending, and operating costs; our ability to obtain sufficient financing, capital or revenues to satisfy liquidity needs, capital expenditures, debt repayments and other financing needs; the effectiveness of the actions we have taken to improve and address our liquidity needs; incidents or adverse publicity concerning our ships, port facilities, land destinations and/or passengers or the cruise vacation industry in general; concerns over safety, health and security of guests and crew; the impact of the global incidence and spread of COVID-19, which has led to the temporary suspension of our operations and has had and will continue to have a material negative impact on our operating results and liquidity, or other contagious illnesses on economic conditions and the travel industry in general and the financial position and operating results of our Company in particular, such as: the current and potential additional governmental and self-imposed travel restrictions, the current and potential extension of the suspension of cruises and new additional suspensions, guest cancellations, an inability to source our crew or our provisions and supplies from certain places, the incurrence of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases on our ships and an increase in concern about the risk of illness on our ships or when traveling to or from our ships, all of which reduces demand; unavailability of ports of call; growing anti-tourism sentiments and environmental concerns; changes in US foreign travel policy; the uncertainties of conducting business internationally and expanding into new markets and new ventures; our ability to recruit, develop and retain high quality personnel; changes in operating and financing costs; our indebtedness and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business, including the significant portion of assets that are collateral under these agreements; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, interest rate and fuel price fluctuations; vacation industry competition and changes in industry capacity and overcapacity; the risks and costs associated with protecting our systems and maintaining integrity and security of our business information, as well as personal data of our guests, employees and others; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations or governmental orders on our business; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; emergency ship repairs, including the related lost revenue; the impact of issues at shipyards, including ship delivery delays, ship cancellations or ship construction cost increases; shipyard unavailability; and the unavailability or cost of air service.


In addition, many of these risks and uncertainties, as well as those listed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, are currently heightened by and will continue to be heightened by, or in the future may be heightened by, the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks.


More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at www.rclinvestor.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: May 12, 2020 By: /s/ Bradley H. Stein
  Name: Bradley H. Stein
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary



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