Financial Breakdown of Typical Cruiser

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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 2015 average cruise revenue and expense per passenger for all cruise lines world wide. The average per passenger per day is projected to be $222.00, with $168.43 ticket price and $53.57 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 $1,350    
Onboard Spending $429    
-Casino & Bar $236    
-Shore excursions (cruise line portion) $86    
-Spa $43    
-All other onboard spending $64    
Total spending $1,779    
Other operating costs   $258 14.5%
Agent commission   $231 13.0%
Ship fuel costs   $192 10.8%
Corporate Operating Costs   $206 11.6%
Payroll   $196 11.0%
Depreciation/Amortization   $171 9.6%
Victualing (food)   $107 6.0%
Onboard and other   $78 4.4%
Other and transportation   $59 3.3%
Interest Expense   $55 3.1%
Total Expenses   $1,553  
Profit before taxes   $226 12.7%

Sources: 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.