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 1,512-passenger Pacific Eden sails from Singapore Thursday for the Far North Queensland city of Cairns to homeport there.

Michelle Black, md Viking Cruises Australia and New Zealand, said Viking Spirit, which will be the fifth ship to join the fleet in July  2018, will spend three months cruising between Sydney and Auckland from December that year.

Riviera Travel’s Shelley Davey will visit Sydney again for CLIA Australasia’s Cruise360 on August 25-26.

Tourism Western Australia’s fourth Cruise Exchange held in Perth and Exmouth brought together key cruise line executives, ground handlers and suppliers.

David Vaeafe, executive director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, has announced that Holland America Line’s Maasdam will make her maiden call at Pago Pago on October 10 on a 24-night cruise from San Diego to Sydney.

Aurora Expeditions, founded by Greg Mortimer who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his mountaineering exploits and his wife,  adventure travel specialist Margaret Werner, is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.

Melissa Juelich has replaced Amanda Rixon as membership operations manager for CLIA Australasia.

Carnival Australia executive chairman Ann Sherry, who was appointed ceo of the company in July 2007, cut a 10-year cake at a special staff morning tea today.

One of Australia’s oldest tour companies, Beyond Travel, has launched a new brand, Cruise Croatia.

The NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, has appointed Peter Collins to chair a cruise industry reference group to tackle Sydney’s cruise ship berthing crisis.

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