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 former Pacific Eden set sail from Singapore on Tuesday after emerging from drydock as Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Vasco da Gama.

Plans to build two 15 metre by 15 metre concrete mooring structures fixed to the seabed at Queens Wharf in Auckland Harbour have been approved, despite some local opposition.

Following Explorer Dream’s christening ceremony in Shanghai last week, Dream Cruises is offering savings of up to 30% on cruises departing Sydney between October 27 and February 23, 2020.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has teamed up with Tourism Northern Territory to introduce a new education option for its travel agent members focussed on Australia’s Top End.

 APT, the family-owned Australian company that operates river and ocean cruises, has launched One Tomorrow, a philanthropic foundation chaired by APT Travel Group director, Robert McGeary, son of Geoff McGeary.

The Australian Cruise Association is sending a record 18 delegates to next week’s Seatrade Cruise Global which is returning to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center.

Small ship cruise specialist Cruise Traveller, which was co-founded in Queensland 15 years ago by md Craig Bowen, has taken over representation in Australia of American Queen Steamboat Co. and Victory Cruise Lines.

On March 27 a male passenger went missing en route to Noumea during Carnival Spirit’s current 11-night South Pacific cruise from Sydney.

Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s svp expeditions and destination experiences, told Seatrade Cruise News that Australia is back as No. 2 global market for the company’s expedition voyages, after the United States.

Princess Cruises released details of its biggest Australian summer season in 2020-21 with the debut of the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess and the return of Sapphire Princess.

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