first US female cruise captainIn July it was announced that Kate McCue will take charge of the Celebrity cruise ship Summit as the first United States female cruise ship captain in history. The announcement comes just seven months after the Celebrity cruise line announced its first female president and female CEO. Though the recognition of the first ever female cruise line captain was awarded to Karin Stahre-Janson of Sweden in 2007, this is a huge step forward for the United States Maritime and cruise line industry as well as the movement for women’s equality.

McCue is a highly qualified choice to command the massive, 91,000-ton, 965-foot-long Summit. As a graduated of the California Maritime Academy, McCue also has an additional 15 years of experience in the management of ship logistics and has been in leadership positions globally. Before taking control of the ultimate luxury cruise line, McCue was in charge of all commercial ships with the Royal Caribbean cruise line.

From all of us at Moschetta Law Firm, the Maritime Attorneys of Pittsburgh, we would like to offer a big congratulations to Kate McCue, Captain of the Celebrity Summit!