Celebrity Cruises to set sail with first-ever all-female bridge and officer team

The first-of-its-kind sailing, featuring three British female crew members, will take place onboard Celebrity Edge in recognition and celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020.


Guests can experience the all-female bridge onboard the 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing, departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the 8th March 2020.

Captain McCue will be at the helm and will be accompanied by 26 other women to create an all-female Bridge and officer leadership team, including British First Officer Rachel Arnold, British Cruise Director Sue Denning and  British Guest Relations Director Jule Sherrington – as well as Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.

Below is a list of the all-women Bridge and leadership team for this historic sailing of Celebrity Edge:

  • Captain Kate McCue – USA
  • Staff Captain Maria Gotor – Spain
  • Hotel Director Niina Hautaniemi – Finland
  • Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington – United Kingdom
  • F&B Director Byliana Velikova – Bulgaria
  • Senior Doctor Jennifer Bernardo – Philippines
  • Cruise Director Sue Denning – United Kingdom
  • Safety Officer Ionela Burduja – Romania
  • Associate Hotel Director Milana Dortangs – Netherlands
  • Revenue and Marketing Director Sarah Guinot – France
  • HR Manager Angel George – USA
  • Financial Controller Teresa de Guzman – Philippines
  • Chief Housekeeper Lyudmyla Miroshnychenko – Ukraine
  • Safety Investigation Officer Alexandra Villarreal – USA
  • Environmental Officer Maria Karoutsou – Greece
  • Chief Security Officer Mor Segev – Israel
  • Chief Officer Maria Koliou – Greece
  • Chief Officer Maria Agius – Malta
  • Doctor Sumaya Guffar – South Africa
  • First Officer Rachel Arnold – United Kingdom
  • First Officer Despoina Tsairi – Greece
  • Third Engineer Anna Avgoustaki – Greece
  • Second Officer Nicholine Tifuh Azirh, who was the first West African woman to ever work on the bridge of a cruise ship when hired in 2017 – Cameroon
  • Second Officer Ioana Tzovara – Greece
  • Third Officer Esperanza Romero – Spain
  • Third Officer Cassandra May Mead – New Zealand
  • Apprentice Officer Gifty Adu Gyami – Ghana

Celebrity Cruises all-female bridge and officers, #Bridgethegap

While progress has been made, the reality is that only 2% of the world’s mariners are women. But not at Celebrity Cruises, as the cruise line is leading the industry into a more diverse future with their bold initiatives to #BRIDGEthegap. They made headlines by hiring the first American female cruise ship captain, Kate McCue, and again by announcing that 22% of their bridge teams are made up of women.  

Lutoff-Perlo said:

We are all passionate about closing the gender gap. Over the last few years, we have worked hard to diversify the crew on board and bring more women than ever into our industry. None of this could have been possible without the leadership and shared vision of the extraordinary men and women I work with every day, led by Patrik Dahlgren and Brian Abel – who take this challenge to heart and have made it possible. We are fortunate to have many incredible, experienced and beyond-qualified women who have worked tirelessly to achieve these positions. And we also celebrate the many men who continue to support them and help champion having more women crew onboard.

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