Helen Hutcheon

Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent

Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist.

For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events.

In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in  recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’  

In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame.

She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.


Dora the Explorer will be godmother to Pacific Explorer at ‘P&O’s Nautical Nonsense with Nickelodeon Welcome Party’ on board the ship in Sydney Harbour on July 2.

Master classes will be held at Cruise360 in Sydney on August 25, as well as keynote addresses, networking opportunities and an interactive trade show.

Wearing P&O Cruises Australia’s Southern Cross livery, Pacific Explorer arrived in Sydney this morning after her conversion from the 1,998-passenger Dawn Princess at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

Bruce Krumrine, vp shore excursions for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, is the keynote speaker for Cruise New Zealand 2017 to be held in the Auckland Museum on August 29.

Paula Bennett, deputy prime minister and minister for tourism, will officially open Cruise New Zealand 2017 at the Auckland Museum on August 29.

By partnering with the Breakaway International Travel Industry Club, CLIA Australasia has given its members in Australia and New Zealand access to an extensive range of discounted travel products—including cruises.

P&O Cruises Australia said the allocation of up to A$75m handed down in Queensland’s State Budget this week toward funding the Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade Project will increase the port’s capacity across a range of shipping operations, including cruise tourism.

FleishmanHillard, a public relations and marketing agency founded and based in St Louis, Missouri, with offices around the world, has replaced MG Media as Carnival Australia’s PR agency in Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand has been named as one of the world’s top performing cruise markets with a leap of 36% in passenger numbers to a record 90,184 in 2016.

Sarina Bratton, Ponant’s Asia Pacific chairman, hosted a media lunch at the Sydney waterfront restaurant Aria today to reveal details of Blue Eye, the world’s first multi-sensory underwater lounge to be featured in the company’s first Explorers series ship, Le Laperouse, that will enter service next year.

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