Category Archives: Cruise Tips & Advice

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 ?

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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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Enhanced amenities for Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises enhances Concierge Level Amenities Between October 17th and November 6th all Oceania ships will be adding new fantastic amenities to the already extensive list.

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Princess offering a new and improved Premier Beverage Package

For those sailing on a Princess cruise out of Australia or New Zealand Princess are now offering a new and improved Premier Beverage Package The package is selling for AUD$86.99 per day

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Cruising for first-timers – when to book for the best deals

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to go on a cruise. But if this is your first time you will understandably be nervous about navigating your way around the vast array of choices and then whether or not you are getting the best possible deal.


Preparing for your cruise – the must-do check list

Booking a cruise is an important business. Deciding where to go, when to go, which cruise line to travel with and which ship, it all takes time and a lot of consideration. Once you’ve booked and paid, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all you have to do is board your cruise ship and start […]

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Confused about cruise ship ratings?

Here’s a guide to help you understand them You’re booking a cruise for the first time in your life and suddenly faced with a bewildering array of cruise ships with different star ratings. Of course it stands to reason that a six-star cruise ship is better than a three-star cruise ship but in what way?

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Ten common questions about cruising

1.       Are cruises all-inclusive? No, most are not. Although your cruise fare covers your accommodation, meals in main dining venues, activities (including kids’ clubs) and evening entertainment, there’s a bunch of stuff that isn’t included. Other restaurants, soft and alcoholic drinks, specialty coffee bars, shore excursions, spa treatments and tips are generally […]

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