America’s first female cruise captain travels the world with her adorable sphynx cat

Some cats have all the luck.

Even though they may have reputations for being fastidious and hard to please, it turns out, cats are pretty good travelers — especially this Elf Sphynx named Bug Naked.

Just like other famous animals, Bug Naked lives on the go with Instagram-famous cruise captain Kate McCue who often features the feline on her feed.

McCue herself has a pretty impressive resume beyond being a social media star. According to The Telegrapht, McCue has worked for cruise lines for about 13 years, and will soon take on Celebrity Cruises’ new flagship, Celebrity Edge, as captain.

On top of this, McCue became the first female cruise ship captain in America, according to The Telegraph. “Everyone has a stereotypical idea of a captain and I’m missing some pounds. 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,” told CBS about her job.

“I think this is the greatest job in the world…traveling, meeting all these people, getting paid for it. It’s amazing.” McCue told CBS.

And what makes McCue entirely unique, other than breaking glass ceilings, is her open and honest approach to the job. While some captains prefer to keep a degree of separation from guests, McCue abandoned having a “Captain’s Table” at dinners and frequently places herself out with the passengers so anyone can talk to her if they wish, according to The Telegraph.

“Back in the day you had these tyrannical captains that you couldn’t speak to unless they spoke to you. Over the 20 years I’ve seen the rounding of rough edges of these people. Or, if they couldn’t adapt there was no place for them on board the ships,” she told The Telegraph.

“[Bug Naked] is neither an emotional support animal nor the world’s ugliest Chihuahua (although she gets that often) . She’s my sidekick, my little naked bundle of joy & the reason I get out of bed. At 4 a.m. E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y. And I wouldn’t have it any other way,” McCue wrote in an Instagram post.

It’s clear that both McCue and Bug Naked are well suited to the cruise lifestyle.

“God willing, I have another 40 years in me as captain,” McCue told to The Telegraph.


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