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Cruise industry names first U.S. female captain

San Francisco native Kate McCue is set to be the cruise industry's first American female captain.

San Francisco native Kate McCue is set to be the cruise industry's first American female captain.

The 37-year-old California Maritime Academy graduate will take command of the 2,158-guest, 965-foot cruise ship Celebrity Summit in August, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda.

Royal Caribbean Cruises' Celebrity Cruises brand, which operates a fleet of 10 ships, said it has elevated McCue to captain based on 15 years of successful experience and leadership in the maritime industry.

"From the first time I met Kate, I looked forward to this moment, when I could extend my congratulations to her for being such a dynamic and highly respected leader who will continue to pave the way for women in the maritime industry," Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said in a statement. "Of all the great moments throughout my career, this is at the top of my list. I am both honored that Kate accepted this position and proud of the way our team continues to transform the way people think about Celebrity and about cruising in general."

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