Cost of Living on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

The It costs about $235 a day for two people to cruise for a month on Royal Caribbean‘s Enchantment of the Seas.

I have been fantasizing and wondering what it would cost to live on a cruise ship.  In my first post in this series, I talked about a select hand full of cruisers who had turned cruise ships into their full-time residences.

In my last post, I looked at the costs of living for a month on the Carnival Victory.  In this post I will investigate how much a similar month of cruising would cost on Royal Caribbean.

Finding a Ship

I went back to the VacationsToGo search engine to look at Royal Caribbean cruises that sailed out of Miami in January of next year.


rccl jan 2017 vtg search


The obvious choice to investigate was the Enchantment that sails alternating three- and four-day itineraries out of Miami.


rccl jan 2017 vtg search results


The three-day itineraries sail to Royal’s private island CocoCay, and then to Nassau.

rccl jan 2017 3day itinerary base price


The four-night itineraries sail to CocoCay, Nassau, and Key West.

rccl jan 2017 4day itinerary base price


Calculating Total Costs of Cruising for a Month

You need to add taxes, port fees, and gratuities to the advertised price.  The gratuity amounts that I used are the suggested $12.95/day/person that RCCL recommends.  The tables below outline the true costs for each itinerary.


Cost Breakdown for the Three-Day Enchantment Itineraries

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Cost Breakdown for the Four-Day Enchantment Itineraries

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Final Breakdown

The total costs for 32 days of cruising are $7526.60.  The cost per day is $235.20 for two people.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this analysis was done as an example.  I would not want to take these back-to-backs for a whole month, because I wouldn’t want to go through U.S. Customs twice a week.

In my next post, I want to investigate costs on Norwegian, but this will be somewhat challenging!

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