Azamara and GMT Enter into Agreement to Fulfill Need for Guest and Corporate Travel

29th June 2022

Global Marine Travel LLC (GMT) and Azamara have entered into a multi-year agreement to provide outsourced travel management services to Azamara for their passenger Air/Sea program.

Azamara, the upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences, has expanded its existing partnership with V.Group to provide guest and corporate travel services to the Miami based cruise line.

In addition to managing the Azamara fleet through V.Ships Leisure and delivering hotel procurement and logistics with Oceanic, GMT will provide outsourced travel services to Azamara passengers starting in March 2023.

Part of V.Group, V.Ships Leisure is recognized as the partner of choice for independent management services for the cruise, ferry and yacht industries and supports over 100 leisure vessels globally. GMT, a member of the V.Group Marine Services Division, and recently appointed #29 on the Travel Weekly Power List 2022, is one of the few travel agencies with full access to specially negotiated net-fare airline contracts for passengers and crew, as well as a unique range of travel technology options.

All parties are currently engaged in a technology development project to link Azamara’s cruise line reservation system to GMT’s comprehensive travel fulfillment platform. This will allow Azamara to package affordable airline travel with their cruise programs for their guests in a seamless transaction through multiple distribution channels.

Tim Davey, Founder and Managing Director of GMT said, “GMT has provided outsourced air/sea services to cruise lines since our inception in 2001. We offer the ability for boutique and start-up cruise lines to market airfare with their cruise programs from day one with no start-up costs or additional technology expense.  Cruise lines also benefit from our experience in handling their guests with the same level of customer service that they provide. We’re excited to be engaged by Azamara as they continue to forge their path as a newly independent cruise line.”

Per Bjornsen, CEO of V.Ships Leisure commented, “We are proud that our partnership with Azamara is continuing to grow as we demonstrate our ability to deliver for them. This addition of GMT’s air/sea program will further enhance what we offer as part of a bespoke service offering with flawless service delivery.”

“The entire team at V.Ships have been great partners to us during this important moment for Azamara,” said Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “Our relationship and collaboration with V.Ships over the past year has grown beyond the marine management and crewing aspects of our business. We truly appreciate all their support and look forward to continuing to work together.”

 

About GMT – Global Marine Travel:

Global Marine Travel specializes in cruise line passenger and all marine crew travel – providing dedicated travel management services including a full portfolio of marine and offshore net fares available from global locations, integration with HR and CRM platforms, and decades of experience in operating marine travel programs.  GMT is your reliable partner in travel management whether as part of a long-term strategy, or as a tactical solution during non-routine events meaning you can focus on growing your organization commercially, secure in the knowledge that GMT is looking after your bottom line. For more information, visit FLYGMT.COM.

About V.Group:

V.Group is a leading global ship management and marine services provider, with 2,750 colleagues based across 60 offices globally, supporting over 46,000 personnel in marine and offshore roles.  www.vgrouplimited.com.

About Azamara:

Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences. With a fleet of four intimate-style ships, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit®, Azamara Journey® and its newest ship, Azamara Onward, the cruise line allows travelers to reach marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller, hidden gem destinations. Azamara aims to Change the Way You Sea, through its commitment to creating immersive experiences for guests through longer stays, more overnights and night touring for a deeper and more meaningful travel experience. Guests can experience an intimate hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, select beverages, cultural events and can take advantage of exclusive loyalty membership benefits through the Azamara Circle Program. For more information visit www.azamara.com.

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