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Celebrity Cruises: First all-female command to set sail on International Women's Day

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 11/21/2019 Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
People take pictures of the new French-made cruise ship 'Celebrity Edge' of the US company of tourism cruise, Celebrity Cruise, as it leaves the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire to go to Miami, United States, on November 4, 2018 in Saint-Nazaire, western France. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty People take pictures of the new French-made cruise ship 'Celebrity Edge' of the US company of tourism cruise, Celebrity Cruise, as it leaves the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire to go to Miami, United States, on November 4, 2018 in Saint-Nazaire, western France. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The future is female at Celebrity Cruises!

For the first time, the luxury line will cruise with a bridge and officer team made up entirely of women, the result of their #BRIDGEthegap diversity initiative. 

The groundbreaking crew will set sail on International Women's Day in March 2020. 

“We are all passionate about closing the gender gap," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s president and CEO, 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."

The sailing will be led by Capt. Kate McCue, who made some history of her own in 2015 by becoming the first American female cruise ship captain.

"Excitement does not even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working alongside these incredible, barrier-breaking women," added McCue. “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.”

The all-female bridge and officer team is diverse itself, representing 17 different countries, including the U.S., United Kingdom, Philippines and Cameroon.

"Since 2015, we have raised the percentage of qualified women on our navigational bridges from 3% to 22%," said Patrik Dahlgren, who launched Celebrity's bridge diversification. "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."

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