San Francisco’s Kate McCue has broken through the corporate glass ceiling to become the first American female captain of a cruise ship.

Captain Kate McCue is the first woman to command a cruise ship at the helm of Celebrity Summit.
Captain Kate McCue is the first woman to command a cruise ship at the helm of Celebrity Summit.

As Captain McCue she takes command of Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit for sailings between the eastern United States and Bermuda.

She joins Royal Caribbean’s Captain Karin StahreJanson,  P&O Cruises’ Captain Sarah Breton and Cunard’s Captain Inger Olsen, who were pioneers in taking command of international cruise ships, royalcaribbean.compocruises.com.au; cunard.com

On board Captain McCue will be responsible for the safe navigation of the 91,000-ton, 965-foot cruise ship, as well as being responsible for the on board experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members.

A graduate of California State University’s California Maritime Academy, 37-year-old Captain McCue, began her maritime career as a cadet and deck officer. But as australiancruisingnews.com notes, being the captain of a cruise ship has been her goal for as long as she can remember.

With over 15 years in the maritime industry. Captain McCue has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries, including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and through the Panama Canal. She has also sailed several transatlantic and re-positioning cruises.

Celebrity Cruises has won a reputation for advancing the role of women in leadership, with Lisa Lutoff-Perlo named as President and CEO of the cruise line in December last year, celebritycruises.com



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