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.


For the first time Silversea Cruises is offering Australians free return economy class air travel to join select voyages in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

CLIA Australasia commercial director Brett Jardine, who joined what was then the International Cruise Council Australasia in 2007, will leave at the end of next month.

Cruise New Zealand has announced its 2017 agm will be held on  Monday, August 28, followed by its fifth annual conference the following day.

A dozen cruise ship visits are scheduled for Pago Pago this year, carrying around 28,000 passengers.

Michelle Black, the former gm sales and marketing for Scenic, takes up her new role as md Australia and New Zealand for Viking Cruises next Monday.

In an internal reorganisation at a global level, Jan Swartz is now group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia.

Crystal Cruises’ 940-passenger Crystal Symphony arrived in Sydney on New Year’s Eve for a two-night stopover that included a grandstand view of the city’s famous fireworks.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has backed the idea of a man-made island in Port Phillip Bay to cater for the world’s largest cruise ships.

Long-time member New Caledonia Tourism, which left the Australian Cruise Association in 2015, rejoined last month and will swell the ranks of a record number of delegates from Down Under and the South Pacific attending Seatrade Cruise Global in March.

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia’s fourth annual Cruise360 will be held in Sydney on August 25, 2017.

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