UPDATE 1-Royal Caribbean profit forecast tops estimates, shares rise
* Fourth-quarter adjusted earnings $0.23/share vs est $0.18
* Revenue $1.85 bln vs est $1.85 bln
* Sees full-year earnings $3.20-$3.40/share vs est $3.17/share
* Shares up 4 pct
Jan 27 (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd forecast a stronger-than-expected profit for 2014, buoyed by fourth-quarter earnings that comfortably beat Wall Street estimates, as increased bookings in Europe and Asia made up for weakness in the Caribbean.
Shares of the world's second-largest cruise operator rose more than 4 percent in early trading on Monday.
The company said ticket revenue outperformed its expectations due to strong last-minute bookings.
Royal Caribbean's better-than-expected profit mirrors that of market leader Carnival Corp as the industry works to recover from a protracted period of negative publicity following a spate of mishaps.
Only last week, more than 300 passengers and crew members fell ill aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, forcing the company to cut short a 10-day Caribbean cruise by two days.
The company forecast full-year adjusted earnings of $3.20-$3.40 per share. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $3.17 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Net income was $7 million, or 3 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $392.8 million, or $1.80 per share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, the company earned 23 cents per share. Total revenue rose 2.7 percent to $1.85 billion.
Analysts on average had forecast earnings of 18 cents per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
Net yields, a measure of ticket sales and money spent on board rose 3.2 percent, excluding currency fluctuations, in the fourth quarter. Net yields are expected to rise 2-3 percent in 2014.
Shares of the company were up 4 percent at $49.01 in early trading on Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.