2018 average cruise revenue and expense per passenger

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., Thomson/First Call, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), DVB Bank and Cruise Pulse™.


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