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10 Night Canada & New England Cruise from New York

10 Night Canada & New England Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Newport
  • Day 3
    Boston
  • Day 4
    Bar Harbor
  • Day 5
    Saint John (New Brunswick)
  • Day 6
    Halifax
  • Day 7
    Sydney (Nova Scotia)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Saguenay Fjord
  • Day 10
    Quebec City
  • Day 11
    Montreal

Insignia

Insignia - Oceania Cruises

Pros

** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

Cons

** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

Bottom Line

** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults


Cruise Reviews

i actually did not choose this cruise. we were joining friends, who had chosen this cruise for its cuba itinerary. we were quite reluctant to sign on because oceania charges SO much for their cruises, and the price was very very high! ... Read More
i actually did not choose this cruise. we were joining friends, who had chosen this cruise for its cuba itinerary. we were quite reluctant to sign on because oceania charges SO much for their cruises, and the price was very very high! when the itinerary was changed, and cuba was no longer included in the route, the price dropped significantly, and even though oceania would have given us a full refund had we chosen to cancel, we opted to stay on board. we had already booked a holland american cruise out of fort lauderdale to combine with the oceania cruise. so, we thought it would be interesting to compare a luxury line (as oceania claims it is) with a mainstream experience on holland america we got to the port around noon. even though we were told that boarding would not be till 3pm, we were quite surprised that we were able to walk right on (btw, there is no welcome glass of champagne upon boarding) because it was early we were surprised to see hosw crowded the ship was. staterooms were not yet ready, so we were told that we could sit in the terrace cafe and enjoy lunch. well, good luck with that! the buffet area was completely packed with people...there was not a seat to be had. for most of the cruise, the weather was often rainy. not having the outdoor areas available for seating, made public areas on the ship crowded. oceania includes some perks that other lines often do not. our cruise came with two free perks: free wifi is automatically given as one of the perks, and you can choose free shore excursions (many of the excursions do not qualify in the "free" excursions list) or free classic drink package or $200 shipboard credit. we chose the drink package as our second perk. the classic drink package has limited value, because only house wine/beer/spirits are included AND only at lunch or dinner. we upgraded to the premium package as soon as we boarded the ship ($20 per person per day extra). having self service laundry was very much appreciated. there is no charge for the specialty restaurants, but guests only can dine in these venues a set number of times depending on length of cruise. we had dinner in the polo grille the first night onboard. the food was somewhat better than average , however the service was rushed. i think that because every passenger has the opportunity to dine in the specialty restaurants, these restaurants are very full...it is actually quite difficult to get a reservation at a decent time. it felt like servers just wanted diners to get in and get out so they could reload, with one course not even being finished and the next being placed in front of you as well. there are not many places to have a drink before dinner. basically only two options. most nights we had to lurk a bit, waiting for someone to leave, so we could grab their seats. sandy cares was the enrichment speaker. she was full of life and we enjoyed her talks and her enthusiasm. the cruise director led a sweet and simple church service on sunday morning, and we thought it was great that this was available. food, overall, was pretty much the same quality as we experienced on holland america and other ships we've been on. oceania definitely could improve its options in the food department. the menu in dining room often repeated options day after day. and cookies in the coffee shop offered no variety, but were the same each day. the atmosphere on oceania is not festive, but quite sober. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
First off we are loyal Holland America customers. On average spend about four months a year on Holland. But the food quality has been slipping so bad we thought let's try another cruise line. Oceania claims to be the best food at sea. ... Read More
First off we are loyal Holland America customers. On average spend about four months a year on Holland. But the food quality has been slipping so bad we thought let's try another cruise line. Oceania claims to be the best food at sea. So it seemed like an obvious choice! First off is the ship itself. Honestly, they have done an amazing job refurbishing the ship and it is truly gorgeous. The interior design is a real wow! Everything they use from the dishes to silverware to glassware is of high quality. The cruise line didn't seem to cut any corners when it came to the actual ship and hard finishes. The ship is small but has everything one needs. The staff does not match the quality of the ship. Overall I felt the staff was cold and distant. Nobody seemed to have a clue about what they were doing. Service in the dining room was scattered and always in a panic. No coffee refills, the time between courses was completely inconsistent and cold food!! It was like nobody there had ever worked in fine dining before. Throughout the ship, I wouldn't say I ever felt welcome or attended to. Ignored most of the time on purpose. Poolside nobody ever helped you, offered a drink or even bothered to acknowledge your existence. Our room attendant never knew our name and barely ever even greeted us. When she did, it was obviously painful. Over the course of one week, I was never once acknowledged by name by anyone. On Holland your room attendants always greet you by name, the dining room manager always knows your name and cabin number. The cabin was literally a closet!! It was so small you could not move! Literally to sit on the toilet you had to leave the bathroom door open as the toilet is angled towards the door. The shower is so small no reasonable size person could fit in it. The bed linens were nothing special. our mattress was lumpy and feather pillows couldn't have been more flat. Now the food they rave about so much. Trust me there is nothing to rave about. It's all mediocre at best. The food is cold, there are no vegetables anywhere, and the portions are tiny. The dining room serves the same stuff every night as does the buffet. The worst meals were the specialty restaurants. Polo grill was beyond disgusting. A tableside ceasar salad with dressing from a jar? What's the poiint!!! Escargot with no shells? Clam chower was like water. I could go on for days on how bad the food was. I have no idea what person thinks they have award-winning food! The fellow passengers on this cruise were not at all what I expected. Looked like a trailer park took a cruise. Most had never even been on a cruise and dressed like a bunch of slobs. Nobody followed any dress code rules and the staff totally overlooked it. It was embarrassing and irritating for those of us who did follow dress code. Overall Don't make the mistake of going on Oceania!! It's a complete ripoff and you will be sorry. Low-end cruising with high-end pricing. Complete joke. Never again! We will go back to Holland America any day over Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
After 45 cruises, the sale prices on Caribbean cruises due to the cancellation of Cuban cruises and the luxury, premier branding of Oceania convinced us to try the Insignia. The ship itself is truly a classic beauty! Unfortunately, we did ... Read More
After 45 cruises, the sale prices on Caribbean cruises due to the cancellation of Cuban cruises and the luxury, premier branding of Oceania convinced us to try the Insignia. The ship itself is truly a classic beauty! Unfortunately, we did not experience the premier service and the excellence of food that Oceania advertises. The food in the Grand Dining room was okay: choices were very limited when compared to other lines; meat quality was low and bordered on tasteless; and Seafood seemed to be prepared without any seasoning. The buffet was pretty much the same, as it serves the same food as the Grand Dining room. Service in the Grand Dining room was extremely slow and impersonal. Service in the buffet which has no self-service option, is also slow with servers often just staring into space while you wait to be served, The culinary highlights are the specialty restaurants, Toscano and Polo Grille, and surprisingly, Waves grille. Service was good to great in the locations and the food matched. They were the best specialty restaurants we’ve experienced! And Waves burgers were excellent! The cabin was very good and comfortable except for the tiny bathroom and shower. Oceania includes free sodas in the cabin refrigerator, but we had to ask for refills. No mention was made of fruit in the room, which is a nice option on other lines. The itinerary was okay. We weren’t able to dock in Roatan or Harvest Caye and had to tender. Tendering was handled well. Cozumel excursions from the ship are very limited and the Destination Services desk knew next to nothing about beaches in the area. Thankfully, the WiFi was okay and we were able to research beaches! The Jolly Roger Catamaran snorkeling tour in Roatan was fantastic. Clear, warm, blue water and a beautiful reef! The food served was good and the rum flowed. Harvest Caye is the only private island that we’ve been to where there isn’t any free food or drink options. Oceania says if you want free food or drink, simply walk right back onboard since Harvest Caye has its own dock. But alas, there’s a giant NCL ship at the dock and Insignia tenders, The beach was overcrowded, the water wasn’t clear, but the zip-lines were great. Costa Maya was okay, but given its limitations and crowds, it’s amazing that cruise lines still go there. Onboard activities are next to nothing. Good luck finding something to do on a rainy sea day! In the evenings, there are no lounge bands in the bars. But there is a string quartet in the atrium. Really, are we waiting for an iceberg? The ships singers and dancers were good, but their voices were often drowned out by the band. The guest entertainment was an electric harpest. Interesting the first night, but 2 nights! Ugh! The comedian was a dud, with more people walking out than staying and she also got 2 nights! Oceania definitely needs to step up the entertainment onboard. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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