Norwegian Cruise Line has delivered improved profits for 2012 of $169 million against $127 million the previous year despite the year’s “unexpected challenges”. The result for a period when the cruise industry had to deal with the impact of the Costa Concordia disaster was announced after the company’s recent move to become a public company.

Full year revenue was up by 2.6% to $2.27 billion with an improvement in yields put down to increased fares and onboard revenue. Norwegian posted a fourth quarter net profit of $5.6 million against a loss of $1.9 million in the same period in 2011, despite a rise in fuel costs.