Forget what you know about what a ship’s captain should look like, because Kate McCue defies those stereotypes. “I don’t have entirely gray hair. I don’t have a beard or a parrot but I think when the guests meet me they’re pleasantly surprised,” she told CBS. This week, the 37-year-old became the first American female to command a cruise ship as captain of a 91,000-ton vessel, Celebrity Summit. Her dreams of becoming a captain began at age 12, when her family took a cruise to the Bahamas. With her father’s encouragement — “He said, ‘You can do anything you want in the world, including drive this thing,” she explained — she joined the California Maritime Academy in 1996, at a time when men outnumbered women 15 to one. When she became certified to become captain, she broke the news to her dad on Father’s Day. “He finished the letter [and] looked up at me and then he looked back down… then he said, ‘Captain.’ Tears were streaming down his face,” she said.
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