Financial Breakdown of Typical Cruiser

English: Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder in...

Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Wonder in Port Canaveral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever wonder where the money goes? Here is a break down of the estimated 2014 average cruise revenue and expense per passenger for all cruise lines world wide. The average per passenger per day is projected to be $214.44, with $162.69 ticket price and $51.74 on board spending (average cruise duration 8.0 days, median duration 7.0 days).

A financial breakdown of typical cruiser (worldwide, across all cruise lines)
Revenue Expenses
Ticket $1,304
Onboard Spending $415
-Casino & Bar $222
-Shore excursions (cruise line portion) $81
-Spa $40
-All other onboard spending $61
Total spending $1,719
Other operating costs $249 14.5%
Agent commission $223 13.0%
Ship fuel costs $220 12.8%
Corporate Operating Costs $199 11.6%
Payroll $189 11.0%
Depreciation/Amortization $165 9.6%
Victualing (food) $103 6.0%
Onboard and other $76 4.4%
Other and transportation $57 3.3%
Interest Expense $53 3.1%
Total Expenses $1,535
Profit before taxes $184 10.7%

Sources: Cruise Market Watch’s proprietary Cruise Pulse™ and Port Pulse™ databases, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Carnival Corporation and plc, NCL Corporation Ltd., Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and DVB Bank.