BankAtlantic has announced the placement of its ATM on Celebrity Cruises’ new ship, The Summit, which began sailing on October 1, 2001. The bank also has an agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises to place ATMs on its newest ship, The Adventure of the Seas. Including these two new ships, the bank currently operates ATMs on eight Celebrity Cruises ships and fifteen Royal Caribbean ships. In addition, the bank also has machines on 15 Carnival Cruise Lines ships.
“Convenience has always been a prime driver in the financial industry and this is a versatile method of providing anyone vacationing on a cruise with instant banking services,” said Andrea Weiner-Allen, Executive Vice President of Operations at BankAtlantic. “When we launched our first maritime ATM placements, we felt very strongly about the potentials of this unique market niche, and we have been enormously pleased with the success of our fleet of cruise ship ATMs.”
Identical to BankAtlantic’s land-based ATMs, the offshore fleet of ATMs offers the convenience of cash withdrawals, transfer of funds, and instant access to account balances. Check Cards and/or ATM Cards are accepted from STAR, VISA, PLUS, AFFN, MasterCard, Maestro, CIRRUS, American Express, DISCOVER/NOVUS, and QUEST Networks.
BankAtlantic pioneered the concept of linking satellite communications technology with ATMs in a shipboard environment in 1995. Today, the bank operates a fleet of ATMs on 38 vessels cruising virtually all the seven seas including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Panama Canal. In addition to its maritime fleet, BankAtlantic operates its own proprietary network of land based ATMs throughout the State of Florida and its branch network.
BankAtlantic, one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida, provides a comprehensive offering of banking services and products via its broad network of community branches throughout Florida and via its online banking division – BankAtlantic.com. BankAtlantic is a wholly owned subsidiary of BankAtlantic Bancorp (NYSE:BBX), a diversified financial services holding company and the parent company of BankAtlantic, Levitt Corporation and Ryan, Beck & Co. Through its subsidiaries, BankAtlantic Bancorp provides a full line of products and services encompassing consumer and commercial banking, brokerage and investment banking, and real estate development.
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