Tall, charming with a huge smile, she holds the helm of one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the luxurious and imposing “Celebrity Beyond”, owned by Celebrity Cruises. Kate McKee, a 44-year-old American, is the first woman in the United States to become the captain of a cruise ship, thus “invading” an area that is considered male-dominated./p>
Kate McKee has loved sailing since she was a child, she was just 12 years old when she told her parents she wanted to work on a cruise ship, but her father advised her to have big dreams , a tip which she faithfully followed.
Captain Kate McKee attended the Naval Academy at the University of Californiaand then did her internship at Chiquita Brands International working on one of the company's merchant ships transporting bananas from Ecuador to Long Beach, California.
He then moved to Hawaii as a crew member on a catamaran tour for tourists. He worked for various cruise companies until 2015 “made history” , when at the age of 37 she took the helm of the “Celebrity Edge”.
The first captaincy of the American woman does not stop here. After the crisis that “hit” the cruise for almost a year, due to the pandemic, Kate McKee was the first “captain” to leave the US port at the helm “Celebrity Edge” on June 26, 2021 to cruise in international waters.
Cruise to the Greek islands with “Celebrity Beyond”
In the spring of 2022, Celebrity Cruises received from the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire in France the largest acquisition of its fleet, the luxurious, large & # 8211; cruise ship “Celebrity Beyond” and appointed the charming Kate Mackie as captain. The maiden voyage of “Celebrity Beyond” embarked on April 27 from Southampton and embarked on a 10-day cruise to France, Portugal and Spain. Then the imposing cruise ship as part of the cruise “Italy and Greek islands” was found in Kefalonia, Mykonos and Rhodes.
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In fact, on May 23, the American captain uploaded a video to her Instagram account when “Celebrity Beyond” approaches the port of Argostoli and is accompanied by loggerhead turtles & # 8211; caretta ! On the largest Ionian island, the American captain was warmly welcomed by representatives of the local authorities, was photographed in the port of Argostoli and received souvenirs.
The cruise ship “Celebrity Beyond” has a crew of 1,400 people, accommodates up to 3,950 passengers and has 32 places for food and drink, conference center, spa, swimming pool, gym, casino, shops and entertainment rooms. The menu is signed by the award-winning French chef Daniel Buloud.
Recently, Captain Kate McKee gave an interview to the French magazine Paris Match and was photographed hugging her favorite cat «Bug » (Sphinx breed), who, as the photos she uploads to Instagram show, accompanies her on her long travels.
She described in her interview her joy and excitement when received from the French shipyards the luxurious “Celebrity Beyond”. “It was like a birth, intense, painful maneuvers and finally a happiness that floods you & # 8230;” , said the American captain in Paris Match.
Kate McKee is also famous on social media with more than 3.5 million followers on Tik Tok, YouTube and Instagram, where she uploads stunning photos from her long travels.