History in the making

P&O Cruises
‘ first female captain sails in to Sydney.

“The responsibility as captain is huge, but it’s the same responsibility whether you are a man or woman and the reaction to my captain’s appointment has been terrific.”

That is what Captain Sarah Breton (pictured third from left) said when she became the first female cruise ship captain in Australia. This morning she sailed in to Sydney Harbour for the first time as captain of Pacific Pearl. Captain Breton has served on the cruise line for several years operating on many cruise ships and working for many positions.

Ann Sherry (pictured third from right), CEO of Carnival Australia said, “We are thrilled to finally have a female Captain in charge of one of our great Australian ships and believe that Captain Breton is a fantastic role model for girls who dream of a career on the high seas.”

Ms Sherry added, “She is an outstanding officer and one of only three female captains on major ships anywhere in the world.”

Captain Breton is the captain of Pacific Pearl, and she joins the biggest group of female senior officers of any cruise ship in the region:  cruise director Zoltina-J Medwick Daley, administration and revenue director Martina Damonte, executive housekeeper Mari Schoon and hotel director Jane Herron (all pictured, left to right).