Windstar Cruise Lines(R) Selects SeaPay(TM) Visa(R) Payroll Debit Card

Top Quote SeaPay provides cruiselines and marine shipping companies a safe, efficient and cost saving alternative to traditional cash payments to crew. Through the use of a secure VISA branded ATM/Debit card, crew are paid and then may go online to pay bills, send money home, manage their accounts or withdraw cash at ATM's. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) October 20, 2011 - Billed as one of the most comprehensive crew payment solutions, Windstar Cruise Lines has selected CTI Group's proprietary product, SeaPay™. SeaPay™ will be implemented on all three ships - Wind Star, Wind Spirit, and Wind Surf - beginning in Fall 2011. Crew education seminars on the SeaPay™ product will take place onboard each ship with appropriate officers in attendance as well as SeaPay™ representatives. To ensure proper transition to SeaPay™, roll out time fleet wide is expected to be only three to four weeks. Robert Upchurch, CEO/President of CTI Group Worldwide explains, "SeaPay™ was the obvious choice for Windstar because it stands apart from other maritime payroll systems by delivering services such as money transfers, phone top ups, bill pay, access to mobile and SMS services, and other wide-ranging exclusive benefits. SeaPay™ is the maritime industry's ideal debit card payroll system because it really is an all-inclusive global solution."

    But the SeaPay™ product isn't just for crew convenience. The online customizable Corporate Dashboard System allows our executives to track money movement and disbursements in real-time. It also enables Paymasters onboard to trace payroll and add tips to individual crew accounts. Adds Upchurch, "Windstar executives will see immediate benefits from the SeaPay™ product once implemented because it eliminates the need for excessive onboard storage of non-interest bearing cash, reduces payroll preparation hours, envelope stuffing, storage and distribution, and reduces the cost of security and exchange rate fees."

    SeaPay™, a proprietary Visa® branded reloadable prepaid debit card program, was developed by parent company and 24-year cruise industry veteran, CTI Group Worldwide Services, Inc. CTI Group has over 10 years' experience with its crew card division, sending over $200m in crew funds internationally. It operates 9 offices worldwide and has four additional divisions, CTI-Global Human Resources, CTI Travel, Inc., CTI Financial Services and Uniforms Number One, Inc.

    SeaPay™ was designed for the unique lifestyle of maritime crew with an emphasis on convenience and security. There are many options and services available through the SeaPay 24/7 web portal such as allowing crew members to transfer funds or pay bills electronically onboard their ship, instead of standing in long lines in port. The card holder site allows crew members real-time monitoring of all cards, their transactions, and all funding details in the form of reports and alerts. Cards are branded Visa® and are secured via advanced chip and PIN technology. Additionally, cards are available in 170 currencies along with a spouse/partner card (SeaPay2) that facilitates immediate, worldwide funds transfer. Ship crew can use the SeaPay™ card safely and securely at over 1.5 million ATM locations worldwide in over 200 countries and territories. All SeaPay™ payroll funds are fully insured and adhere to all post 9-11 banking regulations.

    Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations. The luxurious yachts of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information visit Windstar Cruises online at

    Steve Champion
    Director of Client Serivces
    p. 954.568.5900
    steve ( @ ) cti-usa dot com

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