Insignia—a well-designed R-Class ship—has always been a fan favorite due to her intimate size, attractive accommodations (especially the suites), and laid-back vibe that extends to open seating dining at all five onboard restaurants. Thanks to a massive $50 million bow-to-stern refurbishment of Insignia (as well as sister ships Regatta and Nautica) in 2014, the ship has returned to Oceania’s fleet more decked out than ever.
Special flourishes around the ship include the teak deck, gorgeous blue-and-white tile mosaics, and sunbeds at the main pool as well as the welcoming sea blue, cocoa brown, and mint green color palette of Horizons bar. There’s also a miniature golf course and shuffleboard courts on the Sports Deck.
For foodies, there is perhaps no better cruise line than Oceania because acclaimed chef, Jacques Pépin, is the executive culinary director with oversight of all restaurants onboard. From the Grand Dining Room with its Versace china to the Italian flare of Toscana, evening meals are to be savored aboard Insignia. As an added bonus, these fine dining establishments require no specialty restaurant supplements. In keeping with Oceania’s newer and larger Marina and Riviera ships, Insignia now includes the Baristas coffee bar offering free illy coffee concoctions as well as pastries and sandwiches.
For those looking for that next level of luxury, upgrade to one of Oceania Insignia’s Concierge level staterooms or a suite with butler service included. Butler service in the suites means you can enjoy extras like evening canapés and multi-course in-room dining. You can even order from any of the ship’s specialty restaurants. Complimentary garment pressing and shoeshine services help keep you looking spiffy throughout your voyage. All staterooms and suites underwent massive upgrades during the 2014 refurbishment, including all-new furniture and upholstering in colors that reflect the sky, sea, and sun. Owner’s and Vista Suite bathrooms were re-imagined with wall-to-wall marble, a granite vanity, and oversized shower. Ocean view and inside staterooms are on the small side but they are well decorated and feature the same comfy beds that are found in the suites and are gifted with Oceania’s signature Belgian chocolates at turndown.
While you’ll be treated to the best on board, Oceania ensures you’ll experience the same in port. Itineraries will take you to some of the world’s most captivating ports as well as lesser-known and harder to access gems. Komodo, Indonesia; La Digue, Seychelles; Rangoon, Myanmar; and Pago Pago in America Samoa are just a few of the off-the-beaten path ports Insignia will call upon. In each port, Oceania has planned compelling excursions and, in some ports, will offer Culinary Discovery Tours, featuring cuisine of the region; Artist Loft Excursions, highlighting local art and culture; and Oceania Exclusive Excursions that are customized small-group tours for a maximum of 16 travelers.