Celebrity Cruises Welcomes Industry’s First American Female Captain

July 14, 2015

Celebrity Cruises has made history by appointing the very first American female cruise ship captain.

San Francisco-born Kate McCue will be taking the helm of Celebrity Summit and will sail between the United States and Bermuda.

McCue has already been in the maritime industry for fifteen years, has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide, including around Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Alaska and more still.

Captain McCue has even sailed several transatlantic voyages and repositioning cruises.

With this, Celebrity Cruises are showing their continued progressive attitude. December 2014 saw Lisa Lutoff-Perlo become Celebrity Cruises President and CEO, who has some enthusiastic words to say about Captain McCue;

“From the first time I met Kate, I looked forward to this moment, when I could extend my congratulations to her for being such a dynamic and highly respected leader who will continue to pave the way for women in the maritime industry.

“Of all the great moments throughout my career, this is at the top of my list. I am both honoured that Kate accepted this position, and proud of the way our team continues to transform the way people think about Celebrity, and about cruising in general.”

This isn’t Captain McCue’s first job in the cruise industry however, with her most recent role being Master Mariner with Royal Caribbean. This next step is where McCue really wants to be;

“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. “The honor is amplified by being the first at a company like Celebrity Cruises. The cruise industry is ever-evolving, from the ships and the itineraries, to our guests’ expectations for vacation experiences.”

Celebrity has a history of delivering on each of these and I am thrilled to be a part of it.  I look forward to working with an amazing team and the exceptional leadership who bring the Celebrity Cruises vision to life every day.”

McCue will begin her time at the helm aboard Celebrity Summit in August 2015. We’re happy to see more female role models take the helm of cruise ships in the industry!