Brightwell Partners with Azamara

Azamara joins over 30 cruise brands already partnering with Brightwell

ATLANTA, GA (December 7, 2021) — Brightwell, a FinTech company that helps global workers get paid and send and spend money safely and efficiently worldwide, today announced a partnership that will bring Brightwell's easy-to-use mobile app, prepaid card, and integrated global transfer services to more than 1,200 Azamara Cruise crew members.

An upmarket cruise line, Azamara joins other industry leading cruise brands that also partner with Brightwell to simplify payroll and give crew members greater control over their money. Seeking to enhance the crew member experience, Azamara selected Brightwell for its proven track record of successful, easy hands-on implementations, the ability to offer crew members the convenience of mobile and full-time fraud prevention and detection team. Azamara was also drawn to Brightwell's dedication to truly understanding crew member needs and reputation for using that knowledge to consistently drive product innovation.

"Azamara shares our vision for empowering crew members by giving them multiple options for managing, spending and sharing their income so that they feel more connected to and in control of their money while away from home," said John Markendorf, senior vice president of operations at Brightwell. "We are thrilled to partner with such a well-respected brand that has defined Destination Immersion, and together, improve the lives of crew members across its fleet."

Brightwell is trusted by more crews, in more countries, than any other remittance platform as the choice for global money transfer across the maritime industry and 190 countries worldwide.

"One of our top priorities as we've transitioned into a new company has been to leverage emerging technologies like fintech to find new opportunities to enable our guest and employee experience. Partnering with Brightwell to accelerate and protect our crew pay cards was identified as an opportunity. This is their income and their livelihood, and we've selected Brightwell as our vendor simply because Brightwell is the very best at what they do. They offer the best experience and functionality, and our crew love the simplicity and ease of use" said Doug Parks, chief administrative officer at Azamara.

About Azamara

Azamara® is an upmarket cruise line and the leader in Destination Immersion®, with three mid-sized ships sailing to all seven continents of the world. The boutique-style ships allow them to reach marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller less-visited hidden gems. Azamara's commitment to creating immersive experiences for travelers to connect with local cultures, allows guests to travel deeper with longer stays, more overnights, and night touring. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, beverages, AzAmazing Evenings® – an exclusive, bespoke event designed specifically for Azamara guests to immerse themselves in their destination and more. Additional information can be found at

About Brightwell

Brightwell is an Atlanta-based payments technology company that provides financial products to send money securely anywhere in the world. Companies of all sizes use their software and APIs to increase revenue, mitigate risk, and reduce costs. Brightwell offers a remittance platform that is easy to integrate with using SDKs or APIs as well as an A.I. risk detection engine to help stay ahead of fraud attacks. Brightwell's mobile-first platform to pay global workers is another suite of financial tools that help to simplify personal finances for communities that are traditionally underserved in the marketplace. Driven by a passion for financial inclusion and empowerment, Brightwell is living out its mission to create products that help people across the globe feel more connected to and in control of their money. For more information, visit

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This press release was originally published by PR Newswire on December 7, 2021.