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16 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Miami

16 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Spain)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 12
    Acapulco
  • Day 13
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 15
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 16
    San Diego
  • Day 17
    Los Angeles

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

My TA had been suggesting that I try Oceania as I liked Celebrity. The stars aligned just right and my oldest son and his girl friend got the nod for this trip. So glad I did. Did not want to get off. Just love the smaller ship. We ... Read More
My TA had been suggesting that I try Oceania as I liked Celebrity. The stars aligned just right and my oldest son and his girl friend got the nod for this trip. So glad I did. Did not want to get off. Just love the smaller ship. We have had good service on other ships, but this was as good or better than any others. So nice to not have to pay for fancy coffee, or ice cream, or soft drinks. Our room included a complimentary bottle of champagne which I easily exchanged for a bottle of house red which I preferred. No problem in restocking my room supply on my own at the various ports, They then kept the mini-refrig full of mixers. Everything is so relaxed. I am generally pretty hyper and I was chill for this trip. I did one ship excursion, a regatta on the 12-Meter Stars And Strips while in St Marteen. Wind sucked on our race, but do recommend this excursion for anyone interested in sailing as we were on the actual boat that won back the America's Cup. When we got to Martinique, it was New Years day and everything was shut down. However, we just took the water taxi to Trois Islets. For $20 we got an umbrella and beach chairs. This is a European beach and not like Florida, but was a very nice way to spend a day. Do be prepared as the local language is French, but this really was no an issue. At St Lucia, I snagged a Kayak trip to the Marigot bay area. Highly recommend this trip. Went with DFH kayaking. We went back into the mangroves which was truly a trip to a jungle. Surprisingly, there were no bugs. This was an adventure. St Kitts was nice. We went on one of the open air buses for a trip to the rain forrest. Wanted to go to the beach but the rain nixed that. Local driver made the trip very pleasant. Antigua was the prettiest beach we saw. Take a taxi to the nearest beach for $15. He drops you off where a guide takes you to a beautiful beach with beach chairs and umbrellas for $20. Then at the agreed upon time our guide returned to take us back to the taxi to return to the ship in perfect time. Made for another relaxing beach day, and a lot cheaper than the ship cruises. We hit San Juan the day before a bunch of earthquakes hit. Hope they did not hurt the town. It was a lot nicer than when we were there two years ago after two hurricanes. This was our third trip to San Juan. I do not understand why cruise ships seem want to just stop for just a few hours. Too much time to just shop the local stores, but not long enough to really see Puerto Rico. Last stop was Great Stirrup Cay. My only comment is why stop there. Beach is OK, but this is a basic company island. All in all am trying to figure out when I can do this again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We originally booked this cruise intending to spend the holidays visiting Cuba, but when those plans were disrupted we opted to stay on Insignia to visit the Caribbean. We are glad we did. Ports included St. Barths, Martinique, St. ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise intending to spend the holidays visiting Cuba, but when those plans were disrupted we opted to stay on Insignia to visit the Caribbean. We are glad we did. Ports included St. Barths, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and San Juan, Puerto Rico. We booked private tours ashore and enjoyed the ports. It was our first time on Oceania, and on a cruise with so few passengers. We were unsure what to expect, but found the experience very pleasant. Due to the size of the ship, there was a lack of some excitement and entertainment options, but convenience, relaxation and service made up for that in our opinion. This is generally not a ship for kids or those wanting lots of options for shows and daytime fun. But, if you want a more relaxing experience, we found there were always plenty of comfortable lounges at the pool, the spa was very nice and there were many quiet nooks to read, including an impressive library. The casino is very small but we had a fun time there nonetheless. The ship was recently renovated and was very nicely appointed. There were tasteful holiday decorations everywhere. Service was excellent. Boarding was quick and disembarking in ports was easy, given there were just over 600 passengers. We stayed in a Penthouse level 3 cabin. It was spacious and comfortable. There was plenty of storage. The bathroom could have been a bit larger, but the shower was nice and storage was sufficient. The TV was very large with an excellent on demand entertainment system. We enjoyed several recent movies during the trip. Oceania keeps the mini bar stocked with non-alcoholic complimentary beverages and provides plenty of drinking water. Service from our butler and room attendants was excellent. Oceania prides itself on food, and we found that to be accurate. We enjoyed meals in the Main Dining, Italian and Steak House restaurants and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the buffet - breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pool burger bar was an excellent lunch time option with made to order burgers and other sandwiches, as well as a nice salad bar and ice cream. Overall, we were pleased enough with the Oceania experience to book another cruise for Spring on the slightly larger Riviera. For us, we found the overall value good, given that many things are complimentary rather than upcharges, as on other cruise lines: specialty dining, internet, soft drinks, laundry for Penthouse guests. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This year, we dumped Viking, after a decade, because of the recent cutbacks to their on-board experience. We were delighted to find none of those annoyances on Insignia. The food is outstanding. We enjoyed trying a lot of ... Read More
This year, we dumped Viking, after a decade, because of the recent cutbacks to their on-board experience. We were delighted to find none of those annoyances on Insignia. The food is outstanding. We enjoyed trying a lot of "luxury" foods that we don't have at home: oysters Rockefeller; caviar; lobster, escargot, filet mignon, etc. And we enjoyed the wide variety of fresh fruits, especially the berries. We cruise for the destinations, and on this trip they were excellent. Our favourites were Manaus, Alter Do Chao, Devil's Island, and Trinidad. Just cruising on the largest river in the world was spectacular. There was lots of variety in evening entertainment in the theatre; some suited our tastes while others did not. However the quality overall was excellent. The staff musicians were the best we've heard on any cruise ship: Constantin was amazing on piano; the jazz quartet with saxophone was superb, as was the string quartet. Sandy Cares does all the enrichment lectures and port talks and is exceptional. Service throughout the ship was attentive and professional. We appreciated that staff members approached their jobs with a quiet competency. Everyone was friendly, but there was none of the gushing, effusive greetings that we heard from Viking's staff all day long. We were most impressed that Oceania hired several people who were able to sign for a group of about 30 deaf people who came on this cruise. As a result, those handicapped guests were able to enjoy everything that happened on and off the ship as much as anyone else. We spent a lot of time on deck 10, the sports deck, and enjoyed being able to run on the track, and play shuffleboard and nine hole mini-golf. We also liked the various lounges throughout the ship. Most contain high back chairs that are very comfortable to sit (or snooze) in. The library is huge and is absolutely magnificent. It is well-stocked with hundreds of hard-cover books, many of them being recent best-sellers. As well, there is a whole bookcase of Lonely Planet travel books dealing with all of Oceania's destinations. Certainly, the cost of an Oceania cruise is higher than with HAL, NCL, etc. However, that's to be expected when you are on a ship that holds 625 guests instead of a few thousand. And we also like the fact that we are not two-bitted for basics such as WiFi, all day non-alcoholic drinks, use of the laundry room, and specialty restaurant bookings. Any negatives worth mentioning are caused by the ship's design. There are sometimes long line-ups in the buffet restaurant and at the gangway while trying to embark the ship after shore excursions. That's because of the narrowness of the aisles in those areas. As far as the staterooms go, you get what you pay for. We hate reading negative comments from people who choose a cheaper room and then complain that they don't like the size. Everyone can read the exact square-footage of every room on the ship before they book. A deck 3 porthole room was fine for us because we were only in it to sleep and shower. Contrary to some of the exaggerated reviews we've read, although the bathroom is small, you don't have to leave the door open in order to sit comfortably on the toilet (unless perhaps you're a 300 pounder). Two years ago, Oceania did a superb job of renovating the entire ship. Everything is sparkling new and now, Insignia is one of the most elegant cruise ships we have been on. We would recommend Oceania without reservations, and are booked on cruises with them in 2020 and 2021. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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