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First ever all female command to set sail on International Women’s Day

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Back in 2015, Celebrity Cruises announced that Kate McCue would take the helm of one of its ships. As a result, she was the first-ever woman to captain a mega ship. Celebrity Cruises have now gone one further, they’re sending out an all female command of the bridge and office team.

“They’re proof that there’s power in diversity.”

Kate McCue

Once again, led by Captain McCue, the Celebrity Edge ship will roll out on International Women’s Day in March next year. The cruise line are using an all female command in contribution towards their ‘#BRIDGEthegap’ initiative. There will be a total of 26 women in the team and they’ll be heading for the Eastern Caribbean.

“Excitement does not even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working alongside these incredible, barrier-breaking women on Celebrity Edge for this truly historic sailing,” Captain McCue said in a statement. “I am inspired every day by the amazing women we have working throughout this organization – both on land and at sea. They’re proof that there’s power in diversity.”

Incredibly, women only make up 2 percent of the world’s mariners – in accordance to Celebrity Cruises. However, the line added that they are determined to change that statistic.

The all-female team is made up of women from a variety of backgrounds. They stem from a host of countries including the US, Spain, Finland, the UK, Bulgaria, Ghana, Philippines and more.

What Celebrity Cruises had to say:

“We are all passionate about closing the gender gap,” Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said in a statement. “Over the last few years, we have worked hard to diversify the crew on board and bring more women than ever into our industry… We are fortunate to have many incredible, experienced and beyond-qualified women who have worked tirelessly to achieve these positions. And we also celebrate the many men who continue to support them and help champion having more women crew onboard.”

Ltd. Patrik Dahlgren, who has played a big part in the initiatives, said the line has “raised the percentage of qualified women on our navigational bridges” from 3 percent to 22 percent since 2015.

“Now, we hope this all-time industry-high will continue to grow; we just need more women to raise their hands for careers at sea, especially in engineering,” Dahlgren said.

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