Filipinos make up about a third of the workforce on cruise ships — by far the greatest share from any country. Those cruise ship workers contribute over $5 billion in remittances annually to the ship workers send money to the Philippines

Remitly developed a solution to specifically help cruise ship workers send their hard-earned money to the Philippines while they’re away at sea.

Available to cruise ship workers assigned to major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Princess, the service is a convenient alternative to costly remittance providers found in overseas ports. On average, companies historically charge 5-8 percent in money transfer fees—significantly cutting into the seafarers’ ability to provide support to their families. With Remitly, their hard-earned money stretches further with better exchange rates and low transfer fees.

This service is the only digital remittance service focused on seafarers offering:

  • Best value: High exchange rates and low fees
  • Unparalleled convenience: Send in just a few clicks from a phone or computer
  • Dedicated customer service team: 24-hour English & Filipino-speaking chat or call support

Remitly for Seafarers does not intend to replace the existing allotment system but provides an alternative remittance solution especially in cases of emergency—allowing you to send money home in minutes from mobile devices or computers any time of the day.

Seafarers with prepaid debit cards can sign up for free at Cruise ship workers can take a photo of their Ship ID and passport then upload it through the Remitly service and start sending money home. Cruise ship workers can make deposits directly or send money to over 10,000 cash pickup locations and banks in the Philippines.

Cruise ship workers paid electronically and are on US-based cruise ship companies are eligible. For more information visit Remitly for Seafarers.

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