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Championing gender equality is in our DNA. We’re committed to increasing the number of women working on board—and at the helm—of our award-winning ships, and the numbers prove it. In just four years, we’ve boosted the number of women working across our fleet from 3% to 32%. We’re proud of these results and even prouder that others in the industry are following in our wake. Get an inside look at the stories behind the great strides taken towards achieving gender equality at Celebrity Cruises®.
The first sailing with an all-female bridge and officer team. This ground-breaking sailing took place on International Women’s Day—March 8, 2020—aboard the revolutionary ship, Celebrity Edge®. On board, guests enjoyed special programming, including a dedicated speaker’s series, networking opportunities, film and documentary screenings, and more. This sailing and all the activities were all focused on our goal of inspiring a new generation of girls and women to pursue careers in the maritime field. Captain Kate McCue was at the helm for this historic sailing (the first American female cruise ship captain).
Supporting Gender Equality
Women only represent 2% of the world's 1.2 million seafarers, but aboard Celebrity Cruises:
Of the officers fleetwide on the bridge are female
American female captain
West African woman on the bridge
As President and CEO of a multi-billion dollar vacation brand, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is dedicated to elevating women, using various platforms to share her perspective on women’s rights. A champion for diversity, education and for young women to “raise their hand” as the next leaders of our world, Lisa leads by example by standing-up for what she believes in while encouraging others to do the same.
Since she began her role as President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises®, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo declared her commitment to raising the ratio of women on the bridge, in the fleet, and in the maritime industry. In addition to appointing the first female American Captain (Captain Kate McCue) she has hired the first female Ecuadorian Captain (Captain Nathaly Alban) and the first African woman to work on the bridge of a cruise ship (Nicholine Tifuh Azirh.) The ratio of men to women on the bridge of Celebrity ships has raised from 3% to 32% in just 30 months through building awareness, encouraging qualified women to raise their hands, and casting a wider net for candidates.