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)
RevenueExpenses
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$24914.5%
Agent commission$22313.0%
Ship fuel costs$22012.8%
Corporate Operating Costs$19911.6%
Payroll$18911.0%
Depreciation/Amortization$1659.6%
Victualing (food)$1036.0%
Onboard and other$764.4%
Other and transportation$573.3%
Interest Expense$533.1%
Total Expenses$1,535
Profit before taxes$18410.7%

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.