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.


On a glorious sunny winter's day at the Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera House, with its sweeping views over the harbour, Silversea celebrated the 10th anniversary of Silversea Expeditions.


Ponant Asia Pacific chairman Sarina Bratton has announced it will offer 130 unique expedition itineraries co-branded with National Geographic Expeditions (NGE) over the next four years.

Jackie Gordon, a former sales manager for Australian flagged and crewed Coral Expeditions in  Far North Queensland. has been appointed Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia business development manager for Aurora Expeditions.


On taking up her appointment to replace Adam Armstrong as Royal Caribbean’s vp and md Australia and New Zealand, Susan Bonner’s goal is to grow the local market.

The federal government has put paid to years of speculation and intense lobbying for cruise ships to share Garden Island in Sydney Harbour with the Royal Australian Navy.

Cunard is staging its first Australian special event in partnership with the Australian Dance Theatre to highlight Queen Elizabeth’s 54 days Down Under between February and April 2019.

Like Australia, New Zealand suffered from infrastructure constraints in 2017. Nevertheless, it continues to rank as one of the world’s fastest growing cruise markets, with a record 98,000 New Zealanders taking an ocean cruise holiday last year.

Cruise Lines International Association is urging accredited travel agent members to be more positive in selling sea holidays.

Wendy Wu, the Tibetan-born Chinese-Australian living in London who launched Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney in 1994 when she took her first group of Australians to China, will build a Mekong River ship in partnership with Vietnam’s Thien Minh Group.

Steve Parker has been appointed to the newly-created position of regional sales manager New Zealand for Viking Cruises.

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