NCL Extends Agreement with Brightwell

Agreement brings new technology advancements such as mobile payroll management to 16,000 crew members.

ATLANTA, GA (January 9, 2018) — Brightwell Payments, Inc. (“Brightwell”), a leading maritime payments and technology company, announced today that Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its agreement and will leverage the Brightwell Navigator payments platform, a webbased technology that delivers access to money transfer services and Brightwell’s OceanPay® Visa® Prepaid Card, to meet the needs of 16,000 geographically dispersed, multinational shipboard employees across its fleet.

Already a client for six years, Norwegian Cruise Line’s decision to extend its agreement with Brightwell will further simplify its payroll process and bring new technology advances, including online wage statements and a mobile app for managing and transferring payroll funds from virtually anywhere in the world, to crew members. The Brightwell Navigator platform enables crews to self-manage how they wish to be paid by maintaining instructions for automatic transfers to home bank accounts, payment directly to the OceanPay Card, and/or the transmission of funds to over 500,000 retail money transfer agents around the world.

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding, positive partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line,” said John Markendorf, SVP Client Services and Implementations, Brightwell Payments. “Last year brought opportunities for us to take part in Norwegian’s success, including its continued expansion into the China market. We look forward to continuing to help simplify payroll for crew members as the Norwegian fleet continues to grow across the globe.”

“The decision to extend our agreement is based purely on the positive impact Brightwell Payments has had on the crew experience,” said Faye Ashby, Senior Vice-President & Chief Accounting Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Giving our team the tools they need to manage life away from home is incredibly important and we’re confident that Brightwell offers the best product on the market to help us do that.”

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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