“I’ve sailed into Sydney Harbour many times, but to sail into one of the world’s most beautiful harbours as Captain of Pacific Pearl is really something,” said Captain Breton.
Having served on board a wide array of ships, including the Sky Princess, Canberra, Pacific Princess, Grand Princess and Coral Princess, 45-year old Captain Breton understands that long periods at sea may deter women from a career in shipping.
“It takes time to build up the necessary experiences so rising to this position takes many years – there are no shortcuts. 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.”
In a first for the line, Captain Breton joins four other female senior offices, the largest on any other cruise ship in the region.
“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,” said Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia.
Captain Breton is one of only three other female captains on major ships worldwide.