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.


Star and Dream Cruises kicked off roadshows to introduce Explorer Dream to cruise specialists around Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

Plans for a new cruise ship terminal in Sydney have been handed a major boost after being put in line for a federal government cash injection.

The Seven Network’s Channel Seven News broke the story on Wednesday night that Grant Hunter’s wife, Suzanne, has been charged with misappropriating more than A$2.4m from Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

In a move as dramatic as altering the Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the bonnet of Rolls-Royce cars, 179-year-old Cunard is changing the uniforms of its bell boys.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced the launch of its long-awaited Scenic Eclipse luxury expedition yacht has been amended to August 15 — almost 12 months after its initially planned debut.

Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australian waters for a record 118 days during a third consecutive 2020/21 season.

On Friday night dinner guests were transferred by tender from the Man O War Steps next to the Sydney Opera House to Le Lapérouse, anchored in the harbour, just off Point Piper.

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse and Silver Whisper met in Sydney Harbour on Saturday and proceeded past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge to dock, bow-to-bow, at the White Bay Cruise Terminal.


Craig McLaurin, previously business development executive for MSC Cruises Australia, has been named Queensland business development manager for Norwegian Cruise Line.

As announced in Blenheim last August, the New Zealand Cruise Association’s 2019 agm and conference will be held in Auckland on August 22-23.


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