Helen Hutcheon

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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.

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Princess Cruises’ 45 years Down Under

Pacific Princess in Sydney in 1975, left, and again in 2018. 1975 PHOTO: Henderson/Cremer Collection

The return of Pacific Princess to Australia for the 2020/21 local summer season coincides with the 45th anniversary of Princess Cruises’ first round cruise from Australia aboard the original Pacific Princess, which starred in the television show ‘The Love Boat.’

SVP Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said the anniversary will be celebrated aboard Pacific Princess’ first cruise of the season — a sailing to New Zealand on December 21, 2020.

Christened in Australia

‘Pacific Princess was christened in Australia and we can’t wait to welcome her back to our shores and celebrate our 45th anniversary at the same time,’ Allison said.

Highlights of the 670-passenger ship’s four-month 2020/21 deployment include a 90-day round voyage from Sydney to South America and a 21-night sailing to remote locations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

One-third of Princess’ fleet

Allison said six Princess ships will be based Down Under for the first time over the 2020/21 season, representing one-third of the company’s global fleet. Pacific Princess will join Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess.

He said Princess will cement its position as Australia’s biggest cruise line, offering almost 25% more beds across the season than any other cruise line in Australia.

 

 

Posted 3 July 2019

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