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Steve’s Sojourns. First Female Cruise ship Captain.

Rachel Arnold
Rachel Arnold

For the first time in maritime history, an all-female bridge and onboard leadership team set sail yesterday, commemorating International Women’s Day. Led by Captain Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, who was accompanied by 26 other women representing 16 different countries, the award-winning Celebrity Edge sailed out of Port Everglades and began its seven-day Caribbean journey. Retiring Pilot Boat Captain Cheryl Phipps, one of only a few female pilot boat captains in the country, led the ship out to sea.

Captain Kate evening uniform
Captain Kate evening uniform

Joining the historic sailing are three British women – First Officer Rachel Arnold from Bristol, Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington from Godalming and Cruise Director Sue Denning from Blackpool.

Also in celebration of International Women’s Day, Celebrity Edge lit up the high seas with a vibrant purple glow, the colour associated with the day, to further celebrate change-making women everywhere.

Celebrity edge
Celebrity edge

Around the world, only 2% of the world’s mariners are women. Celebrity Cruises made it a priority to #BRIDGEthegap, leading the maritime industry into a more diverse future and growing the number of women on their bridge teams from 3% to nearly 25% over the last few years, ultimately, making this historic moment possible.

Steve Newman

Travel Writer and Photographer

Social Media Manager (Cruise) Silver Travel Advisor

Belford, Northumberland

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International Womens Day EDGE
International Womens Day EDGE


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