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Barrier-breaking. History-making.

You may be surprised to learn that just 2% of the world’s mariners are women. But we’re leading the way to change that and create a more diverse future in our industry. With bold initiatives to Bridge the Gap, we’re bringing gender equality to the seven seas.

 

#Bridgethegap

Step aboard the first sailing with an all-female bridge and officer team.

As part of our Bridge the Gap initiative, we’re excited to announce the first-ever cruise sailing that features an entirely female bridge and hotel officer team. This ground-breaking sailing takes place on International Women’s Day—March 8, 2020—aboard the revolutionary ship, Celebrity Edge®—the perfect ship for this revolutionary sailing.

On board, you’ll enjoy special programming, including a dedicated speaker’s series, networking opportunities, film and documentary screenings, and more. This sailing and all the activities are all focused on our goal of inspiring a new generation of girls and women to pursue careers in the maritime field.

Join us for this historic sailing with Captain Kate McCue at the helm (the first American female cruise ship captain).

 

International Women’s Day Sailing

March 8, 2020
Celebrity Edge
Round-trip from Fort Lauderdale

Meet the officers leading the way

We’re proud to feature these amazing women as the first all-female bridge and hotel officer crew on the same sailing. Get to know them here, before you meet them on board.

Captain Kate McCue – USA

Captain Kate McCue became the first American female captain of a cruise ship in 2015—and now she’s at the helm of Celebrity Edge for the barrier-breaking, history-making sailing for International Women’s Day.

 

IG: @captainkatemccue

Staff Captain Maria Gotor - Spain

Captain Gotor took the long road to get to the high seas. After obtaining a law degree and practicing as an accomplished lawyer for six years, she decided to turn her dream of becoming a marine officer into reality.

 

IG: @capt.maria

Hotel Director Niina Hautaniemi – Finland

Hospitality is in Niina Hautaniemi’s blood—quite literally. Mentored in the field by her mother, she was selected as a member of the elite Les Clefs d’ Or Concierge and became Celebrity Cruises first female Hotel Director.

Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington – United Kingdom

Twenty-seven years at sea and still smiling. Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington infuses passion and pride into every role she’s had, from shipyard to delivery to operations crew.

 

IG: @julietheredheadtravels

Food & Beverage Director Bilyana Velikova – Bulgaria

It takes a village to deliver the most incredible culinary experience at sea. And behind every village is a leader, and in this case, our Food and Beverage Director, Bilyana Velikova, takes the cake.

Senior Doctor Jennifer Bartolome Bernardo, MD – Philippines

Medicine and making history are two things Dr. Jennifer Bartolome Bernardo, Celebrity Cruises’ first Asian female doctor, is passionate about.

Cruise Director Sue Denning – United Kingdom

From cutting records in Abbey Road studios to touring the world of musical theatre, Cruise Director Sue Denning has a true passion for showbiz and entertainment.

 

IG: @cruise_director_sue_

Safety Officer Ionela Burduja – Romania

Safety Officer Ionela Burduja has journeyed from the Black Sea to the ocean blue.

 

IG: @captionela

Associate Hotel Director Milana Dortangs – Netherlands

Milana Dortangs turned her passion for travel into a fulfilling career. She speaks six languages, has worked on board 10 different Celebrity ships, and has traveled the world.

Revenue and Marketing Director Sarah Guinot – France

Casino, spa, shops, and shore excursions. Revenue and Marketing Director, Sarah Guinot, oversees marketing and revenue for all of our favorite areas.

HR Manager Angel George – USA

Angel George is no stranger to hard work—and the HR Manager has the degrees and experience to prove it.

Financial Controller Teresa de Guzman – Philippines

Teresa de Guzman didn’t know what was in store when her mother submitted her resume to a cruise line—quite literally.

Chief Housekeeper Lyudmyla Miroshnychenko – Ukraine

Pride in service has been the consistent theme throughout Lyudmyla Miroshnychenko’s career.

Safety Officer Alexandra Villarreal – USA

From pastry chef to safety and compliance, Alexandra Villarreal infuses passion into everything she does.

 

IG: @alexandraa_vp

Environmental Officer Maria Karoutsou – Greece

Maria graduated in Environmental studies at the University of the Aegean. She joined the Celebrity family in 2015 and has since worked on the majority of our fleet as Environmental officer. 

Chief Security Officer Mor Mia Segev – Israel

From soldier to security officer—Mor Mia Segev is dedicated to service, on land and at sea.

Chief Officer Maria Koliou – Germany and Greece

From bulk carrier to a luxury cruise ship, Chief Officer Maria Koliou has climbed the nautical ranks.

Chief Officer Maria Agius – Malta

Chief Officer Maria Agius developed her passion for the sea while growing up in Malta.

Doctor Dr. Sumaya Guffar – South Africa

Dr. Sumaya Guffar is in charge of making sure everyone—from bow to stern—stays healthy on board.

1st Officer Rachel Arnold – England

First Officer Rachel Arnold hopped across the pond and onto a cargo vessel at 18 years old—just the beginning of an impressive career.

 

IG: @rachelmayatsea

1st Officer Despoina Tsairi – Greece

First Officer Despoina Tsairi says that Celebrity Cruises helped turned her dream of becoming an officer in a male dominated industry into reality.

3rd Engineer Anna Avgoustaki – Greece

Anna Avgoustaki uses her engineering expertise to keep our revolutionary Celebrity Edge® in shipshape condition.

 

IG: @anna_avgoustaki

2nd Officer Nicholine Tifuh Azirh – Cameroon

Advocate, activist, volunteer, university lecturer—and overall trailblazer. These are just a few additional inspirational titles that Second Officer Nicholine Tifuh Azirh holds.

 

IG: @nicholineazirh

2nd Officer Ioana Tzovara – Greece

Ioana Tzovara was born in Athens, Greece. She was a professional water polo athlete before joining the maritime industry in 2011, working aboard passenger and Roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ships. Ioana joined Celebrity Cruises last year as Second Officer and is working hard towards becoming a captain.

3rd Officer Esperanza Romero – Spain

Esperanza Romero was born in Spain and graduated with a degree in nautical sciences. She began as a deck cadet on a tanker ship and worked on a school ship. In 2019, she joined Celebrity Constellation® as part of the bridge team—and is now thrilled to be on board Celebrity Edge®.

3rd Officer Cassandra May Mead – New Zealand

From a tall ship to tall ambitions, Third Officer Cassandra May Mead is charting her own course.

Apprentice Deck Officer Gifty Adu-Gyamfi – Ghana

Gifty Adu-Gyamfi was born in Ghana. She studied at Regional Maritime University and has a degree in nautical science. Gifty has worked on Celebrity Silhouette® and Celebrity Solstice® and dreams of becoming a great captain someday.