Royal Caribbean Group raised its full-year profit forecast on Thursday, backed by higher ticket prices as well as steady demand from affluent customers for leisure travel.

Shares of Miami, Florida-based company were up 4.3% at $86.35 in premarket trading.

After months of being hindered by pandemic-related restrictions, cruise operators are now reaping the rewards as travelers gravitate to cruises that offer a range of fun activities under one roof and are cheaper compared to taking a land-based holiday such as that to a

theme park


This has given Royal Caribbean and its competitors the ability to

further hike up itinerary prices

, especially in North America and Europe, as occupancy levels now approach pre-pandemic levels.

The cruise company said occupancy in the third quarter was 109.7%, up from 105% reported in the second quarter.

The company expects annual adjusted profit between $6.58 and $6.63 per share, compared with its earlier forecast of $6.00 to $6.20. (Reporting by Granth Vanaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)