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? Take a look at the estimated breakdown of the 2024 average cruise revenue and expenses for a typical cruise. The projected per-passenger, per-day cruise expense is $259.05, comprising a ticket price of $179.01 and on-board spending of $80.05 per person, based on an average cruise duration of 8.5 days (median duration 7.0 days).

Financial breakdown of typical cruise

(worldwide, across all ocean cruise lines)

Revenue Expenses
Ticket $1,522
Onboard Spending $680
-Casino & Bar $374
-Shore excursions (cruise line portion) $136
-Spa $68
-All other onboard spending $102
Total spending     $2,202
Other operating costs $315 14.3%
Agent commission $293 13.3%
Corporate Operating Costs $267 12.1%
Payroll $242 11.0%
Depreciation/Amortization $233 10.6%
Onboard and other $226 10.3%
Ship fuel costs $168 7.6%
Victualing (food) $117 5.3%
Total Expenses $1,862
Profit before taxes $340 15.4%

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.