Meet Belinda Bennett: The first black female cruise ship captain

Meet Belinda Bennett: The first black female cruise ship captain

- A black woman has made history by becoming captain of a cruise ship

- She overcame many challenges and obstacles to reach this position

- The captain encouraged women to work hard so they can also make their dreams a reality

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A woman has made history by becoming the first black female cruise ship captain. She has been working on the ocean for 14 years. The captain encouraged women to work hard so that they can achieve their goals too.

Bennett was born in St. Helena island. She realised her passion for the ocean at a very young age. When she turned 17, she took a job on the RMS St. Helena, the ship that supported the island.

She had a rough start and felt the pressure of being a woman in a male dominated environment. The determined woman refused to be broken and continued to persevere.

Meet Belinda Bennett: The first black female cruise ship captain

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She went to work on board a private yacht in Monaco for over two years before returning to school to complete her Masters. Upon completion of her degree, she tried to go back to yachts, but was unsuccessful.

This led her to taking a job at Windstar Cruises in 2005 and she has been there ever since. She slowly rose through the ranks and by 2016, she became captain of the MSY Wind Star. The ship carries 148 guest with 101 crew members.

The captain hopes that her story inspires other women interesting in a career on the sea to never give up.

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Speaking to Forbes.com, she said that when one puts their mind to something and work hard, they will achieve it.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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