Category Archives: Cruise Tips & Advice

Luggage: How to pack for a cruise!

Do you travel light or do you tend to overpack?   Do you pack everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink?   Do you pack differently if you are flying or cruising? 

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Solo Cruisers

Travelling solo is becoming more common and more cost effective! The cruise lines have realised that people travelling alone want to cruise as much as couples and families. Because of this, what cruise lines are now offering solo travellers are well priced single cabins, or if they don’t have single cabins then discounted or no […]

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Should I buy a beverage package?

The short answer is: It depends!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Viking Ocean and River Cruises

Today we are going to explore Viking Ocean and River cruises. Viking is an all-inclusive luxury small ship cruise line, originally with river ships Founded in 1997 with the purchase four river ships, this is where Viking cruises began, now Viking cruises is a fleet of more than 60 vessels, state of the art ships […]

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Asian Adventures with Zuleika from the Cruise Factor Team

This week one of the team is off on an adventure of a life time. Zuleika is heading off to complete the Great Wall of China Marathon and while she is away she is having a few extra days to experience the sights and sounds of Asia.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Symphony of the Seas

Cruise Factor looks at the newest Royal Caribbean ship Symphony of the Seas. With cruise ships getting bigger, more advanced and creative innovations, a cruise ship has become a destination in itself. Today we will explore Symphony of the Seas, this is not simply a cruise ship, this is a game changer in the world […]

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What’s with cruise cabins?

There are so many choices of cruise and cruise ship out there. Once you have found your perfect cruise you need to decide what type of cabin is going to be best for your family and there are so many to choose from. Let’s start with the basics:  

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First Time Cruisers review of Carnival Spirit

A friend of Cruise Factor recently took their first cruise on Carnival Spirit and she wrote a blog about her journey and is happy for us to share. She traveled as part of a multi-generational family group. She gives great insight from a first time cruiser to everyone who is yet to take the plunge […]

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Never been on a cruise? Here’s what to expect……

Last year I had a few days leave and I thought I would pop on a short four night cruise from Auckland to Sydney. For those of you who are interested in doing a cruise but hesitate because you don’t know what to expect, this will give you a great overview of life on a […]

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Family Cruising – Have you considered it ?

Royal Caribbean Rock Climbing Wall

Ahoy!  Have you ever thought about taking your family on a cruise, but wondered if they would be bored ?  Check out just a few of the family friendly cruise lines below and see all the incredible facilities that are available to keep not just the children happy, but also the adults !!

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