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Future Edge captain says diversity ‘increases productivity’

Future Edge captain says diversity ‘increases productivity’

Celebrity Edge’s incoming captain – the first American woman to captain a cruise ship – said the industry has made huge progress on gender diversity, although more remains to be done.

 

“I’m looking forward to the gender gap decreasing even more, but we’ve made incredible strides,” Kate McCue told TTG. “When I joined Celebrity in 2015, just 3% of the bridge team fleet-wide were female. Today, across our fleet, it’s 22%.

 

“Women have certain traits that can’t be replicated, and I think empathy is a big one,” she added. “Whenever you introduce diversity into an organisation and get a different perspective, whether it's gender-based, race, religion, cultural background, sexual orientation, what comes about is an increase in productivity and creativity.”

 

It comes after Celebrity Cruises released new research suggesting girls are still less likely than boys to consider a career as a mechanic, financial trader or a sportsperson.

 

McCue is currently onboard Celebrity Equinox but joins Celebrity Edge in August along with, she hopes, her cat Bug Naked, who “loves being onboard”.

 

Watch TTG's interview with Captain Kate onboard Edge

Trade duo - 'Edge oozes style'

Trade duo - 'Edge oozes style'

TTG caught up with Cruise Circle sales and customer service director Danielle Nemeth and product development manager Mark Godden, who described their highlights onboard Edge.

 

Nemeth: “I cruised with Celebrity years ago on a ship that isn’t even in the fleet any more – Celebrity Mercury. Edge is just beyond compare. We sampled the entertainment, and when it comes to food, [Italian restaurant] Tuscan was a real standout. It’s the ship’s use of space that makes everywhere feel airy and spacious – even the lowest-priced cabins feel luxurious.”

 

Godden: “It oozes style and something catches your eye around every corner, from funky furniture to interesting colours and textures. I absolutely love the Rooftop Garden – it’s somewhere you can see yourself relaxing in the Caribbean sun. There has been a lot of hype about Edge, and there is a price tag, but being onboard really helps you see just what makes that difference and allows you to explain that to customers.”

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