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.


Royal Caribbean International will homeport the 2,400-passenger Radiance of the Seas at the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point from November 2020 until April 2021.

Princess Cruises sent out footage from a drone of Sea Princess arriving in Adelaide’s Outer Harbor on Monday to tout the company’s largest commitment to South Australia in the 2020/21 local summer season.

Many passengers aboard Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess, which arrived Monday in Akaroa, the alternate port for Christchurch, were bussed into the city to pay their respects to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques that has rocked the world.

Alessandro Guerreri from MSC’s head office in Geneva has been appointed md of MSC Cruises Australasia.

About a third of passengers on Silver Muse’s second season in Australasia will be domestic, with the remainder coming from Silversea’s core international markets of the US, Canada and the UK, according to md Asia Pacific Adam Armstrong.

Explorer Dream has had mermaid-inspired artwork painted on her hull during her multimillion-dollar conversion from SuperStar Virgo at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

The Australian Cruise Association has reappointed its ceo Jill Abel for a further three years, taking her term to July 2022.

Following the success of its 2018 ‘Spa & Wellness’ voyages with Dr Andrew Weil, Seabourn has scheduled another for New Zealand and Australia in 2020.  
‘Our staff is ablaze with purple and we had purple cupcakes for morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 and the amazing women in our organisation and industry,’ said Steve Odell, svp and md Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Following the news that Cairns-based Coral Expeditions will circumnavigate Australia from Darwin on November 7, 2020, comes the announcement it will operate an annual circumnavigation of Tasmania.

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