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.


The wet weather did not dampen Sydney's warm welcome for two Cunard Queens early Saturday morning.

Christine Drennan and Matthew Moore, who live in Port Macquarie on the north coast of New South Wales and are currently on an eight-day round cruise from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef, had planned to marry when Pacific Jewel arrived in Mooloolaba on February 22.

The multi-million dollar makeover of P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn has begun at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

CLIA Australasia md Joel Katz has announced the appointment of Marita Nosic as membership and events manager.

Jane Moggridge has joined former colleague Michelle Black at Viking Cruises Australasia.

Auckland had its busiest cruise ship day on record on February 18 with Seabourn Encore, Norwegian Star, L’Austral and The World in port.

Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey arrived in Sydney Sunday morning on a maiden voyage to Australasia from Singapore.

The damage to Seabourn Encore when she broke her moorings in high winds at the New Zealand port of Timaru on February 12 and collided with the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II will be repaired by crew over the coming weeks while the ship maintains her published schedule.

A special raffle was held at CLIA Australasia’s annual awards dinner at The Star Event Centre in Sydney last Saturday to raise money for Mercy Ships.

The technical faults with Norwegian Star’s Azipod propulsion system were repaired in Melbourne and the ship was cleared to sail at 2 p.m. Tuesday local time.

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