First American Female Takes Helm of Mega-ton Cruise Ship

Celebrity Cruises named Kate McCue as the cruise industry's first American female captain (PRNewsFoto/Celebrity Cruises)

For the first time in the cruise industry an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit– a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members.

“Becoming the first female American captain of a cruise ship has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember,” says McCue.

A graduate of California State University’s California Maritime Academy, Captain McCue has held a variety of roles in the maritime industry, beginning as a cadet and deck officer, then working through a series of successively more responsible positions to her most recent role as Master Mariner with Royal Caribbean International. McCue has earned numerous certifications in a variety of areas pertaining to leadership navigation, ship management and security.

McCue will begin her new role on Celebrity Summit in August of 2015.

This isn’t the first time Celebrity Cruises has advanced the role of women in leadership.  Last December, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo was named President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.


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