Cruise Line Crew
GMT is one of the few travel agencies that have full access to specially negotiated net-fare airline contracts for crew members working onboard a passenger vessel, traveling one-way or round trip, and offer cruise lines a full range of published, low-cost fares, and marine contracts in economy, premium economy, and business/first class.
As cruise lines continue to focus on streamlining their operations, outsourcing the crew travel component to a reliable travel partner has become more important than ever. With over 100 marine contracts designed specifically for cruise line crew members, GMT manages routine crew rotations for several different cruise lines which includes a dedicated after-hours service for the crew in transit to and from the vessels.
While most cruise line companies also have the ability to manage normal crew rotations, there are certain non-routine events that require a reliable travel management company to handle coordinating travel for both scheduled and unscheduled dry-docks, vendor and concession travel, and after-hours emergency travel, all of which present unique staffing and logistical challenges for many cruise lines. GMT provides a turn-key solution to manage this unique type of crew travel.
Who May Utilize Cruiseline Crew Airfares
- Deck & Engine Able Bodied Seaman
- Onboard food service including cooks, waiters, busboy, & bar staff
- Cabin attendants and cleaners
- Cruise staff
- Shore excursion staff
- Onboard concessions such as casino, hairdresser, shops
- New hire staff coordinated through a manning agency
- Temporary onboard workers such as: New builds, technicians, divers, fabricators, electricians, HVAC, installation, and other workers whether sailing with the vessel, or while the vessel is in port/dry-dock
Do you qualify?
As it is a privilege that the airlines extend marine/seaman airfares to workers in this specialized industry, we need to ensure that everyone using marine fares and the associated benefits qualify. Therefore, we follow the airlines’ policies closely and advise our travelers to carry proof that they are indeed traveling for work purposes. Employees must carry documentation of eligibility in the form of a written letter detailing the reason for their travel. You may be asked to produce this documentation during check-in at the airport.
All crewmembers traveling with a marine/seaman ticket must be traveling to/from or in connection with work onboard a cruise vessel and should carry a letter of authorization/employment from the cruise line, manning agency, or company contracting the employee. Failure to produce proper documentation may result in denied boarding by the airline.
GMT works directly with individuals meeting the above criteria, as well as cruise lines and marine industry companies who engage GMT by contract for one-off, dry-dock, new-build, or regular crew rotations.