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    <p>Captain Kate McCue has worked for cruise lines for 13 years, was the first American woman to captain a luxury cruise vessel and has now taken the helm of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-lines/celebrity-cruises" target="_blank">Celebrity Cruises</a> new flagship, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-lines/celebrity-cruises/celebrity-edge" target="_blank"><em>Celebrity Edge</em></a>. Here we chat to her about everything from the toughest jobs she faces at sea to her top cruising tips:</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>Hi Captain Kate! You have made history as the cruise industry&rsquo;s first American female Captain. Our customers are no strangers to enjoying time on the water - what was it that first made you want to embark on a career at sea? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>When I was 12 years old, my parents took me on my first cruise. When we were packing the car to drive home, I told my dad that I wanted to work on a cruise ship when I got older, as the person who plans all the fun events on board. My dad told me that I could do that OR drive the thing if I wanted to.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>Can you tell us a bit about your career in the cruising industry and how it is that you came to be the cruise industry&rsquo;s first American female Captain? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>My career on cruise ships began in 2001 as a 3rd Officer with Disney Cruise Line. With only two ships, there wasn&rsquo;t much career growth opportunity so I went looking for a company that was expanding. I was hired by Royal Caribbean as a 2nd Officer and worked my way up to Staff Captain over 13 years on seven different ships. In 2015, I was sailing as a guest with my husband, who was Chief Engineer on the <em>Quantum of the Seas</em>, when I received a call from Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo offering me the position of Captain, which made me the first female Captain in history in America.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>As with any career, there are probably times where it isn&rsquo;t all plain sailing. What are some of the toughest jobs that you have to do as Captain? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>Just as with any leadership position, I believe that there shouldn&rsquo;t be a job that you&rsquo;re not willing to do. Some will be less glamorous but that doesn&rsquo;t make them any less important. Some of the toughest jobs have to do with things that are outside of my control i.e. the weather, but if I err on the side of safety, I can sleep at night knowing that a tough decision was the right decision because everyone is safe.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>What are some personal highlights of your career? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>Highlights in my career include the promotion to Captain in 2015, rescuing six lives from an adrift and sinking sailboat in 2016, making history by sailing with the first-ever all-woman bridge and management for International Women&rsquo;s Day on March 8, 2020, and being able to get my crew on board the <em>Celebrity Edge</em> home during the earlier days of the pandemic.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>The cruising world is a predominantly male industry, have you faced any challenges throughout your journey? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>I have not faced issues because of my gender and I attribute that to a company which has an established culture that values diversity. The secret to my success is the people I get to work with every day, coming from over 75 different nationalities. We&rsquo;re all different races, religions, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and genders and because we&rsquo;re so diverse we don&rsquo;t pick on each other&rsquo;s differences, we celebrate them. When you&rsquo;re surrounded by an environment that is so unique in this way, it means that I wasn&rsquo;t defined by my gender, I was defined by the job I do and how well I do it.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>You have gained a huge following on social media thanks in part to your Elf Sphynx cat, Bug, who joins you on board. What made you first want to bring Bug on board? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>If my family isn&rsquo;t sailing with me it can get lonely for the three-month contract away from home. The idea of having a pet, whether it be a dog or a cat, was something I&rsquo;d always wanted to have on board and since I&rsquo;ve sailed with captains who had cats and even a parrot, they&rsquo;d already set the precedent.</p>\r\n
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    <p><strong>What&rsquo;s life like sailing the seven seas with a (not so) furry companion by your side? </strong></p>\r\n
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    <p>Bug Naked brings a sense of home and family to sailing. She constantly makes me laugh and is always there with unconditional love.</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p><strong>Do you have any top tips for our customers to make the most out of the on board experience? </strong></p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>My advice for both frequent cruisers, as well as those new to cruising, is to be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Try things you&rsquo;d never thought of or had the opportunity, from the food we offer to the excursions and activities curated, there is something for everyone and you might just find a new passion on board.</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p><strong>Do you have any top tips for our customers to make the most out of the destinations visited? </strong></p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>My recommendation is to get a &ldquo;taste&rdquo; for the destination. Try the local cuisine, find a local artisan shop off the beaten path and talk to the locals about what they love to see and do.</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p><strong>What are you most excited about the future of Celebrity Cruises? </strong></p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>I love Celebrity Cruises and over the last year, I have seen first-hand how we treat our guests and crew. The people are what makes this company so great and that&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m most excited to see their faces as they walk back up the gangway to join our ships.</p>\r\n
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    <p><a class="button" href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/find-your-cruise?lineName=Celebrity%20Cruises" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ffffff">See all featured Celebrity cruises</span></a></p>
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