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Q&A: Kate McCue, the Cruise Industry's First American Female Captain
Q&A With Bug Naked, Cruising's Most Famous (and Least Furry) Feline
Capt. McCue and her cat Bug Naked (Photo: Capt. Kate McCue via Instagram)

Q&A With Bug Naked, Cruising's Most Famous (and Least Furry) Feline

Q&A With Bug Naked, Cruising's Most Famous (and Least Furry) Feline
Capt. McCue and her cat Bug Naked (Photo: Capt. Kate McCue via Instagram)
Ashley Kosciolek
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On a Caribbean sailing onboard Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Edge, we sat down with Bug Naked, a hairless sphinx cat who spends her days on the bridges of cruise ships, sailing the seven seas with Captain Kate McCue. Join us as Bug dishes on everything from her skincare routine to her favorite port.

All answers have been translated by Captain Kate McCue.

Do you ever get seasick?

Yes. This is something I learned from the very first time I came on a ship. We left Bayonne, NJ, and sailed out into the remnants of Hurricane Hermine. I went into fetal position, and my mom was worried that I would have to be taken down to medical and get a shot of Dramamine in my butt. But, I've gotten much better over the last three years.

What is your go-to spot for onboard naps?

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Wherever I can find sunshine, whether it's the bridge windows or the infinite balcony in our cabin. Lately I've even been tucking myself into my stroller.

If you could have the ship's chefs prepare you one meal every day, what would it be?

It would be pate of chicken with a side of chicken snacks and a nice chicken broth for sipping. My favorite snacks are popcorn, olive oil and bacon -- anything salty.

Does the bridge come equipped with a litterbox?

No, because on this ship, my cabin is attached to the bridge via the office, so the litter box is in the office, kind of in between. On previous ships, though, I had a litterbox for the bridge, and I had a litterbox for the cabin.

Do you have a favorite port for wildlife-watching?

I love the anchorage ports ports where the ship must drop anchor and cruisers take smaller boats into port because the bridge team is out on the bridge wing all day, so they're closer by, and I like to hang out with them. They actually call me the maneuvering support animal because whenever they do maneuvers -- especially when it's somebody's very first time -- I stand right next to the person and take all the stress away.

Do you have a secret skincare regimen you can share with us? Do you need to wear sunscreen?

I take a bath (or shower) every-other day and just stay clean. If I go out into the sun, I put on some clothes so I have protection, or I sit in my stroller with a little bit of a cover.

What's the most interesting thing people don't know about you?

I feel like a warm peach.

Note: Although Bug appears hairless, she does have very short, spikey fur that makes her feel like velvet to the touch.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

Napping, napping and napping, eating, napping and doing the "bridge wing to bridge wing dash" also known as the rips or zoomies.

To check out Bug's adventures at sea, follower her on Instagram:

@bugnaked

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Updated July 07, 2021

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