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 breakdown of the estimated 2018 average cruise revenue and expense per passenger for all cruise lines world wide. The average per passenger per day is projected to be $212.80, with $161.26 ticket price and $62.16 on board spending (average cruise duration 8.0 days, median duration 7.0 days).

Financial breakdown of typical cruiser

(worldwide, across all cruise lines)

  Revenue Expenses  
Ticket $1,293    
Onboard Spending $498    
-Casino & Bar $274    
-Shore excursions (cruise line portion) $100    
-Spa $50    
-All other onboard spending $75    
Total spending $1,791    
Other operating costs   $260 14.5%
Agent commission   $233 13.0%
Ship fuel costs   $193 10.8%
Corporate Operating Costs   $208 11.6%
Payroll   $197 11.0%
Depreciation/Amortization   $172 9.6%
Victualing (food)   $107 6.0%
Onboard and other   $77 4.4%
Other and transportation   $59 3.3%
Interest Expense   $56 3.1%
Total Expenses   $1,564  
Profit before taxes   $227 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.