If women can undergo a zero-gravity excursion outside the International Space Station, it stands to reason that they should be able to commandeer an ocean vessel back on Earth. Up for that task, Celebrity Cruises announced on Thursday that it selected an all-female crew of officers and bridge crew to operate its ship, Celebrity Edge, on March 8, 2020, which also happens to be International Women's Day.
3 American Female Captain
All told, 26 personnel will be on board Celebrity Edge, the first time an entire female crew has ever worked on a ship. They'll be led by Captain Kate McCue, who comes with another history-making distinction as the first woman to become American female cruise ship captain back in 2015. She's also renowned for taking along her cat on voyages.
McCue was very excited over the prospects of the ground-breaking the voyage upon hearing the news that she was going to helm the ship in March. She added that she was looking forward to working with the rest of the female crew who plan to prove that power does exist in diversity.Captain Kate McCue will be at the helm of the Celebrity Edge, along with 26 female crew-members from guest relations to cruise director and third engineer.
2 Round Trip
The cruise is an eight-day round-trip that leaves Fort Lauderdale on March 8, with stops in Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. The average cost per person of the voyage is just more than $1,100.
Naturally, Celebrity will be generating a great deal of publicity over the event, with special programming being curated in time for the occasion. Attractions on the drawing board include gallery exhibitions and art auctions of female works, a woman-oriented trivia challenge, a screening of movies with females at the forefront and a special volleyball game involving officers taking on a team of guests.
1 Two-Storey Jacuzzis
The announcement is a culmination of initiatives spearheaded by Celebrity Cruises to hire more women. Women occupying a typical bridge on a company ship has jumped from three percent in 2015 to 22 percent four years later.
Launched in 2018, the Celebrity Edge vessel boasts a length of just more than a thousand feet and is capable of accommodating more than 2,900 passengers. Amenities include a rooftop garden complete with a bar and grill, a lap pool, solarium and Jacuzzis reportedly two storeys tall.