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UPDATE 3-Royal Caribbean advance bookings rise with eyes on vaccinations

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* Points to strong demand for cruises next year

* Bookings rise over the first few weeks of 2021

* Expects net loss for second straight fiscal year(Adds CEO comment, share price)

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Group said onMonday it was seeing an uptick in future bookings, following adisastrous year for the cruise operator, as travel enthusiastslook to sail again at a time governments globally have startedmass vaccinations.

The company's shares, down 44% last year, soared 9% inmorning trading, as Royal Caribbean said it recorded a 30%increase in new bookings since the beginning of the year whencompared to November and December.

Analysts have also tipped Royal Caribbean and its peersCarnival Corp and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltdto resume voyages gradually in the back half of thisyear, after the pandemic-triggered months-long halt.

"Now after 11 months of pandemic, I think we all know thatCOVID fatigue is real. People are clamoring for the opportunityto have experience outside their homes," Chief Executive OfficerRichard Fain said on an earnings call.

Royal Caribbean said bookings for the first half of 2022were within historical ranges and at higher prices, with some onReddit and Twitter saying they were itching to go on cruisesagain.

However, the operator of "Symphony of the Seas" cruiseposted a net attributable loss of $1.37 billion for the quarterended Dec. 31, taking its annual loss to $5.8 billion.

Royal Caribbean's total revenue for the quarter was $34.1million, compared with analysts' estimates of $35.6 million,according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

On an adjusted basis, the company lost $5.02 per share.Analysts had expected a loss of $5.20.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean forecast a net loss for itsfirst quarter and the 2021 fiscal year.(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing byShounak Dasgupta)