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.

 

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has Buy One Get One Free earlybird fares for its 2020-21 season in Australia.

PrimePort Timaru in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand between Christchurch and Dunedin is installing 15 shore bollards and new wharf bollards for the safer mooring of ships, including cruise vessels.

Professor Ross Dowling, chairman of Cruise Western Australia, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours handed down on Monday.

Robert Halfpenny, MD of Australia’s Aurora Expeditions, confirmed an agreement with SunStone Ships for a second Ulstein X-BOW ship for delivery in 2021. In 2018, he had said a sister ship was planned, and SunStone recently firmed the newbuild order, without disclosing the charterer.

The New Zealand Cruise Association has announced that Adam Armstrong and Susan Bonner will join the impressive lineup of speakers at its annual conference in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf in Auckland August 22-23.

Successful forward bookings for Explorer Dream’s maiden season in Australia from October until March next year pave the way for the company’s return to Australia, VP Australia and New Zealand Brigita Devries told Seatrade Cruise News on Wednesday.

A lavish morning tea was served on board Carnival Spirit at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on Monday to celebrate Carnival Cruise Line Australia hitting the one million milestone since the brand’s arrival six years ago.

The president and CEO of Virgin Voyages, Tom McAlpin, will join the lineup of international speakers at this year’s Cruise360 Australasia, just months before the introduction of the company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady.

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia and Asia md Joel Katz congratulated Australia’s incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his re-election last Saturday and said CLIA is pleased to have the opportunity for ongoing engagement with the Australian Government and its agencies as it works to support cruise growth.

More than 5,300 Cruise Lines International Association Australasia travel agents across Australia and New Zealand have completed 100,000 online modules in under five years.

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