​The first female captain of a mega-cruise ship, Capt. Kate McCue commands the helm of the Celebrity Summit, which accommodates 2,158 guests and has 952 dedicated crew members.

Capt. McCue is a 2000 graduate of the CSU Maritime Academy, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She decided to attend Cal Maritime at her father’s suggestion and was one of eight women in her graduation class at the university, where the ratio of men to women was 15-to-one.

On her graduation day, her father reminded Capt. McCue of a conversation they'd had when she was 11 years old and had just enjoyed her first cruise vacation. She announced she wanted to be a cruise ship director when she grew up; her father said she could do anything she wanted, including driving the ship.

Today Capt. McCue travels the world with a glass jar of marbles that belonged to her best friend’s late uncle. She honors his memory by hiding the marbles at the many destinations he would have enjoyed visiting.

Capt. McCue was promoted to captain by Celebrity Cruise’s first female president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who described her as “a highly dynamic and highly respected leader who will continue to pave the way for women in the maritime industry.”