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.


Libby Moffet, who launched MG Media Communications with her husband, Bill Gray (hence the MG), in Sydney in 1993, has decided to close down and take a well-earned break to spend time with her family and ‘contemplate new horizons.’

Chris Austin, Seabourn’s svp global sales and marketing, and Terry Thornton, svp commercial port operations and Carnival international for Carnival Cruise Line, have been named as new speakers for Cruise360 Australasia.

Bob Hawke, former prime minister of Australia and honorary president of Le Cercle Polaire, will be a guest speaker on board Ponant’s Le Boréal as she sails to the Antarctic Peninsula in November.

When Oceania Cruises’ 30,277gt Sirena sailed from the Bay of Islands on Tuesday, it marked the end of another bumper wave season for New Zealand.

A medical evacuation took place on Saturday when a female passenger aboard P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Jewel was winched by helicopter  and taken to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Adam Armstrong, RCL’s md Australia and New Zealand, hosted a fabulous party at Hotel Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour on Saturday night to mark the end of yet another record breaking wave season.

David Vaeafe, executive director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, said the South Pacific Tourism Organization’s memorandum of understanding with the South Pacific Cruise Alliance will open up opportunities for existing and new cruise destinations in the region.

While the debate about where to build another cruise terminal for ships too big to go under the Sydney Harbour Bridge continues, the Port Authority of New South Wales is working on a new booking system for double stacking.

Group president Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia Jan Swartz and Azamara Club Cruises president and ceo Larry Pimentel will be keynote speakers at CLIA Australasia’s fourth Cruise360 in Sydney August 25-26.

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.

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