1. To begin with, the company, Celebrity Cruises, is run by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the first and only woman to lead one of Royal Caribbean's cruise line brands, as well as the first and only female CEO of a cruise line listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mrs. Lutoff-Perlo, appointed as a CEO in December 2014, has been intensively engaged in the fight for gender diversity and the encouragement of women 'as new leaders of the world'.
  2. One of her first moves as a newly-appointed CEO was to hire the first American woman captain of a cruise ship, the Celebrity Summit, challenging leadership to raise the men/women ratio onboard. Celebrity has now a record  three female captains on its ships. The third female Captain, Kate McCue, will take the helm on Celebrity Edge from 2019.
  3. Nicholine Tifuh Azirh will be on the ship's bridge, as the first woman from Ghana to work on the bridge of a cruise ship, as part of a partnership with the Regional Maritime University in Ghana.
  4. Apart from the CEO, the Captain, deck crew and the godmother, women account for an impressive 37% of the guest-facing crew onboard the Celebrity Edge, according to Forbes.
  5. Meanwhile, the ship's interior design has resulted from the work of women designers Kelly Hoppen and Patricia Urquiola.

Malala Yousafzai on the bridge of Celebrity Edge alongside Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Last but not least, Yousafzai, who is now a college student at Oxford University, is the inspirational co-founder of Malala Fund, which advocates for a world where every girl can learn and lead by investing in local education activists, holding global leaders accountable and amplifying girls' voices around the world.

I am so very proud to have Malala Yousafzai as godmother of Celebrity Edge. Malala embodies our commitment to opening the world through education and gender equality. Seeing her aboard our ship sends a powerful message to our crew who represent over 70 diverse nationalities, and our guests who we sail all over the world.

...stated Mrs. Lutoff-Perlo.

Richard D. Fain, Malala Yousafzai, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Capt. Costas Nestoroudis, christen Celebrity Edge at the ship’s Naming Ceremony

Celebrity Edge will begin her inaugural season sailing alternating seven- night eastern and western Caribbeanitineraries before transporting guests to the stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019. Sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Celebrity Edge will make her first maiden voyage on December 9, 2018.