Women chart the course for Celebrity Cruises as new ship makes impression

By Trb Editor |

Left to right: Jo Rzymowska, Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, Celebrity Cruises; Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO, Celebrity Cruises; and Kate McCue, Captain, Celebrity Beyond.

Celebrity Cruises has spoken about the increase in female staff onboard its ships and how gender equality has improved.

During a special preview of newest vessel Celebrity Beyond attended by TRBusiness this week – the ship set sail on its maiden voyage on Wednesday 27 April – Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (pictured centre) said: “When I joined Celebrity Cruises, we had 5% women in our bridges, today that figure is 32%.

“To go from 5% to 32% – that’s the easy bit. It’s the next percentage to get that full 50/50 balance that will be the hardest step. We are making progress every day and we recruit talent from all over the world regardless of race or gender.”

Captain Kate McCue is the first woman to sail the new ship out of a shipyard in the world where Celebrity Beyond was built in St-Nazaire.

Her bridge is staffed by 70% women, which is impressive when it is recognised that globally only around 2% of mariners are female.

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On diversity, Captain McCue said: “Our amazing crew comes from 72 different nationalities and each one brings something so special.”

Jo Rzymowska, Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, Celebrity Cruises, added: “Last year we had an incredibly successful season sailing around the UK, with 40% of passengers new to Celebrity Cruises.

“In some ways, the pandemic offered a great recruitment opportunity for us. The cruise industry often works in a very insular way and so we are focused on working with travel partners who truly understand us and what we are about.”

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