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.


Three Carnival Australia ships — P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Jewel and Pacific Explorer and Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess — will provide additional accommodation for the APEC 2018 Summit which will be held in Port Moresby from November 15-17.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Vasco da Gama will chalk up a number of ‘firsts’ during her maiden 2019/20 season in Australia.

The bow-to-stern renovation of Norwegian Jewel has been completed on the eve of the 93,502gt ship’s return to Australasia.

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia and Smartraveller, the official advisory portal for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), have developed a new e-learning module that travel agent members can access via CLIA’s Learning Academy.

Carnival Cruise Line announced today that Carnival Spirit will spend a season in North America before proceeding to Brisbane where she will cruise year-round.

Jeff Gillies, commercial director of Cairns-based Coral Expeditions, is beefing up his sales team in readiness for the arrival of the company’s fourth ship, Coral Adventurer, in April.

Philip Engelberts, who launched PEPR (Philip Engelberts Public Relations) in Sydney in 2003, hosted a party Thursday night to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the boutique communications agency.

Celebrity Eclipse will homeport in the Victorian capital city of Melbourne between December 2020 and April 2021, after her ‘modernisation’ in the company’s A$700m ‘Celebrity Revolution’ for its nine-strong fleet.

Following a statement issued yesterday saying it was not at liberty to comment on a decision by the New South Wales Court of Appeal to uphold the NSW Supreme Court’s finding in favour of a class action going back to floods in Europe in 2013, Scenic has responded with another statement today.

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has issued a statement after it failed to overturn a New South Wales Supreme Court decision in favour of the lead plaintiff in a class action who sought damages following the disastrous European floods of 2013.

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