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 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission today gave conditional approval for an agreement between the Port of Brisbane and Carnival to develop a new A$158m mega-cruise ship terminal.

Following the success of the inaugural CLIA LIVE in Sydney last month, CLIA Australasia & Asia md Joel Katz has announced the event will move to Brisbane and Melbourne later this year.

Royal Caribbean vp & md Australia and New Zealand, Adam Armstrong, will join Silversea on August 13 as md Australia and New Zealand.

CLIA president and ceo Cindy D’Aoust and Norwegian Cruise Line president and coo Andy Stuart will be among the keynote speakers at CLIA Australasia’s 2018 Cruise360.

Mark Kerr has been appointed to Abercrombie & Kent’s newly created position of cruise manager New Zealand, following an increase in business in what CLIA Australasia said is one of the world’s top performing markets.

Two of five new 2019 ocean voyages announced by Viking Cruises link Australia to Latin America and South Africa.

Queensland Police have said the death of a woman who fell overboard from P&O’s Pacific Dawn 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia last Thursday was not an accident.

A seven-day round cruise from Brisbane to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on October 19 aboard P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria is the venue for CLIA Australasia’s Masters Conference this year.

The search for a woman who fell from P&O’s Pacific Dawn around 4 p.m. Thursday  when the ship was 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia was called off Friday morning and the ship is proceeding to Brisbane. It had left Brisbane last Saturday on a seven-night ‘Pacific Island Hopper’ cruise.

In a move to strengthen the entire South Pacific region as a desirable international cruise destination, CLIA Australasia md Joel Katz has renewed a memorandum of understanding with South Pacific Tourism Organisation chief executive Chris Cocker.

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