Skip the Kiosk at the Port: Send Money from a Cruise Ship

Last updated on June 18th, 2024 at 02:34 pm

Are you a cruise ship worker and need to send money from a cruise ship to the Philippines? The kiosks often used for this found at ports or sometimes even on your ship can be costly charging up to 8% in additional transfer fees or have long lines of people waiting to use them.

You can send money to loved ones using the kiosks typically found at ports or sometimes even on your ship, but they cost you extra charging up to 8% in additional transfer fees. They also can have long lines of people waiting to use them. When you’re in a hurry at the port or on the boat, this extra time waiting can be inconvenient.

As many seafarers already know, the Philippine government has mandated seafarer manning agencies to provide a free method of disbursing money directly to specific beneficiaries.

The allotments are monthly and are predetermined. They require cruise ship workers to enroll their beneficiaries before leaving on assignment, which can last 8 to 10 months.

Allotments through manning agencies automatically deduct from cruise ship workers’ salaries, ensuring beneficiaries are supported and receive funds on a consistent basis. Then, when you need to send additional earnings from tips, overtime, or commission, Remitly is a better option for you.

Here’s a new way to send money from a cruise ship, so you can skip the hassle at the kiosk.

Trusted by hundreds of thousands of Filipinos, Remitly is an online and licensed money transmitter in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. By using a smartphone or computer, cruise ship workers can send money from a cruise ship directly to any Philippine bank account such as BDO, BPI, Metrobank, or via cash pick up in Cebuana Lhuillier, MLhuillier, or BDO Remit counters in Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao.

With Remitly, cruise ship workers transfer money using the debit card issued by their cruise line such as OceanPay or Mastercard at Sea. This is a great option especially for those who want to send extra earnings from tips and overtime, emergency funds, or to another recipient who is not a beneficiary through the manning agency or does not have a bank account.

Sending money doesn’t have to be difficult or require waiting in line. With Remitly, the process takes a few minutes and each transaction has online tracking with a specific delivery date and time—you’ll always know where your money is. Make sure to upload a copy of your cruise ship ID and passport to complete your first transfer safely and securely–this is only required when creating a new account; transfers after that will not require document upload.

GIve Remitly a try now, they’re currently waiving the $3.99 transfer fee when you send in pesos, plus will offer high exchange rates for first-time customers, so more pesos make it home when you send. Sending in USD is also possible. Find out more here and to use Remitly to send money from a cruise ship visit

Here’s what other cruise ship workers said about Remitly:

“Try Remitly! They have higher exchange rate and lower service charges than Western Union and Xoom.” – Rodan R., Norwegian Cruise Lines

“It would be beneficial if more cruise ship workers know about Remitly. I haven’t seen any remittance company give out promos and rewards like you do.” – Diva G., Royal Caribbean

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