How much does it cost to fuel a cruise ship? A smaller-sized ship like the Norwegian Spirit costs about $80,000 per day. A larger cruise ship like Freedom of the Seas can cost up to $2 million per day to fuel! The cost to fuel a cruise ship varies by the size and speed of the ship.
Since the ship's cruising speed is 23.7 knots, or 27.3 mph, the cruise ship's fuel efficiency is roughly 0.004 mpg. Since the ship carries 3114 passengers, its gas mileage is 12.79 mpg/passenger, or 17.65 mpg/person including crew.