For the first time in the cruise industry an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native 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.
The modern luxury cruise brand, which operates a fleet of 10 ships, has elevated McCue to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of experience in the maritime industry. During her tenure she has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and along the Panama Canal.