Our 2023 President's Cruise is here. Join Celebrity Cruises President Laura Hodges Bethge, on June 23, for a journey into the wild frontier aboard Celebrity Solstice® . During your 7-night Alaska sailing, you’ll enjoy exclusive tours, special events, local entertainment and cuisine, surprises, and the chance to reconnect with fellow Captain’s Club members. We can’t wait to see you there.

The Wild Frontier

Alaska is so much more than its legends and myths. Boasting lively farmer’s markets, modern art galleries, and fine dining, 21st-century Alaska blends the old and the new, and urban life with the great outdoors in towns and cities surrounded by wilderness. Journey through the wild terrain of Alaska with our Alaska cruises and discover the natural wonders that await as the rugged beauty of this pristine frontier unfolds. Set out on an unforgettable adventure where you’ll get up close and personal with 30-ton whales, zip-line through the rainforest, or take flight high above the snow-capped lands and glaciers. In 2023, let Celebrity Solstice®, take you there on our President's Cruise.

Special Hosts

President Laura Hodges Bethge

Officially taking the helm as President of Celebrity Cruises on May 1, 2023, we are thrilled to announce Laura will be hosting this year's President's Cruise. Most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Shared Services Operations, Laura Hodges Bethge has been with the company more than 23 years and has held senior positions in many different areas including product development, hotel and marine operations, sales, marketing, product innovation, market development and investor relations. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Product Development for Royal Caribbean International, and led the teams conceptualizing their groundbreaking ships, private island destinations, and new experiences introduced throughout the award-winning fleet, including the first island in Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day Island Collection – Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Captain Kate McCue

Captain Kate was born in San Francisco, CA. Her passion for cruising began at 12 years old when her parents took her on her first cruise. She attended the California Maritime Academy and upon graduating she has worked her way up to her current position and is proud to serve as the Master of Celebrity Beyond. Her top priority is the safety of all onboard, the welfare of the crew and delivering an amazing cruise experience to our guests. She sails with her hairless cat, Bug Naked and enjoys interacting and engaging with her guests. When not onboard, she spends her vacation at home in Las Vegas with her Chief Engineer husband. For a behind the scenes glimpse into the adventures of being a Captain, make sure to check out @captainkatemccue on Instagram and TikTok!

Curated Events to Celebrate the Alaskan Culture


Exclusive performance for Captains Club Members from the highly rated group Uptown that you don’t want to miss.

Special Events

Tlingit storyteller and artist Fred Fulmer, joins us for a special mask carving and painting throughout the sailing.

Guest Speakers

Naturalist Celia Garland will be onboard to share special narrations about Alaska wildlife and natural history.

President's Cruise Excursions

Ketchikan, Alaska

A Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show with Laura Hodges Bethge and Captain Kate McCue


President of Celebrity Cruises, Laura Hodges Bethge, and beloved Celebrity Cruises Captain Kate McCue will join you to experience a friendly competition between Celebrity Solstice® and Celebrity Millennium® at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Watch a show heralded a “must-see” by the Travel Channel. Marvel as Alaskan history comes alive in Alaska’s rowdiest show. The cheering and heckles will become roars of excitement as two rugged teams of champion lumberjack athletes compete in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, log rolling, and axe throwing.

Endicott Arm Fjord

Endicott Arm Fjord and Glacier Explorer with Laura Hodges Bethge and Captain Kate McCue


President of Celebrity Cruises, Laura Hodges Bethge, and beloved Celebrity Cruises Captain Kate McCue will join you as you embark on an excursion of a lifetime and experience Alaska's majestic Endicott Arm Fjord, including up-close views of awe-inspiring Dawes Glacier from the comfort and heated cabins of an ultra-modern catamaran.



Juneau, Alaska

Taku Lodge Feast and 5-Glacier Seaplane with Laura Hodges Bethge and Captain Kate McCue


President of Celebrity Cruises, Laura Hodges Bethge, and beloved Celebrity Cruises Captain Kate McCue will join you as you embark on an excursion of a lifetime that takes to the air on a flightseeing tour and touches down for an authentic Alaskan feast. Climb into a seaplane and skid across the water before lifting off into the skies above Juneau. Every guest enjoys a window seat as you fly over five of Alaska’s most spectacular glaciers.

Victoria, British Columbia

Enchanting Butchart Gardens with
Laura Hodges Bethge, Captain Kate, & Andrea Shey 


President of Celebrity Cruises, Laura Hodges Bethge, Associate Vice President of Loyalty, Andrea Shey & Captain Kate McCue will join you as you explore Victoria, renowned as Canada’s “City of Gardens.” The highlight is a specially catered event that includes all locally sourced food items paired with signature non-alcoholic drinks at each of the four stations (there will be a cash bar available for those wishing to purchase beer, wine, etc.) Go on a scenic drive through the historic downtown and visit to one of the world’s most recognized gardens—the breathtaking Butchart Gardens. Learn how the Butchart family transformed a barren rock quarry into one of the world's top horticulture attractions. Enjoy a self-guided tour through this captivating and colorful botanical wonderland spanning 55 acres.

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