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.


P&O Cruises Australia’s 2,000-passenger Pacific Dawn has resumed year-round cruising from Brisbane following a multimillion-dollar renovation at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

Wiltrans International, the gsa for Paul Gauguin Cruises in Australia and New Zealand, has released signature land-sea Sojourn holidays from Australia to Tahiti featuring the Papeete-based deluxe boutique ship Paul Gauguin.

Cameron Mannix, who has been named Celebrity Cruises’ first business development manager for Australia and New Zealand, takes up the newly created position on April 1.

Steve Lloyd has announced plans to retire as ceo of Cruiseco, a leading consortium of cruise specialist travel agencies, on his 65th birthday in August.

Oceania Cruises’ 684-passenger Sirena arrived in Sydney Monday morning on a maiden voyage, following a successful inaugural season in the Northern Hemisphere after her launch last year.

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ president and ceo, Adam Goldstein, is in Australia to find a solution to the lack of cruise ship berths in  Sydney.

At a press conference in Sydney today Cunard vp international development, David Rousham, made a world-first announcement that Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australia for two months between February and April 2019.

The wet weather did not dampen Sydney's warm welcome for two Cunard Queens early Saturday morning.

Christine Drennan and Matthew Moore, who live in Port Macquarie on the north coast of New South Wales and are currently on an eight-day round cruise from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef, had planned to marry when Pacific Jewel arrived in Mooloolaba on February 22.

The multi-million dollar makeover of P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn has begun at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

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