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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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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Caribbean Sea (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
    Corinto
  • 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
    Ensenada
  • 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

Oceania cruises are great for couples (nothing interesting for children or singles) This cruise was from San Franciso to Santiago Chile, i.e. a 22-day section of a world cruise. In addition to embarkation and debarkation, we visited ... Read More
Oceania cruises are great for couples (nothing interesting for children or singles) This cruise was from San Franciso to Santiago Chile, i.e. a 22-day section of a world cruise. In addition to embarkation and debarkation, we visited these ports: Santa Barbara and San Diego in USA; Cabo, Ixtapa, Acapulco and Puerto Chapas in Mexico; Puerto Quetzel in Gautemala, Acajutla in El Salvador; Manta in Ecuador; Salavery, Lima and Pisco in Peru; and Coquimbo in Chile. The excursions were well managed, although frequently the standard of English was poor and in El Salvador, incomprehensible (We nevertheless appreciated the tour for what we saw and visited). The excursions must be bought in advance, from a group of 5 or more outings ranging from $100 up. However, recently, the ships also take good care of passengers setting out on their own (free shuttle bus into town, briefings, information sheets etc). The food is a main selling point of Oceania, with excellent , free, French/continental cuisine in the main dining room and two or more (depends on ship) specialty restaurants (on Insignia, Steak house and Italian). The informal buffet (Terrace Café) is also excellent at noon, but in the evening it serves exotic foreign dishes which you may wish to avoid depending on your tastes. There is also a good "fast food" outlet (Waves Grill) close to the pool, open till 4PM, and useful when arriving back from an excursion without having had lunch. On days at sea, There are excellent lectures (geopolitics, history, geography of the region), and bridge, ladies activities (petit-point etc). In the evening there is dancing to a good jazz band (on Insignia) and Chamber music quartet to accompany drinks before evening dinner. There are evening shows as well, to entertain those who don't want to watch a film or the news on the ships's TV, in their cabin. The Internet, with onboard WIFI has greatly improved over the years. And, reading on the balcony, or beside the pool, at sea, is wonderful!. There are no crowds or line-ups, particularly on the small ships (600pax). On the negative side, the main issue is the incongruant "ambiance" on board what is supposed to be an almost-luxury cruise. Oceania ships and staff are most elegant (even the room stewards change into black uniforms to fix up your bed in the evening) and the cuisine is at the top of a 'Luxury" category. But this refined ambiance is destroyed by the lack of a serious dress code for passengers, which Oceania advertises as "country club casual" but means "anything goes". Oceania habitués will wear a jacket for evening dinner or a cocktail with the Captain, but up to half the diners, mostly newbys, will be in shirt sleeves, no jacket, and a signifiicant number of men will be wearing a baseball cap. It makes one question why you are paying a substantial price for an elegant decor, upscale service, gastronomic restaurants and sophisticated enrichment activities when you are rubbing shoulders with a crowd that is dressed for beer call at a sports bar. For this, I rate "poor" value for money! The movies in cabins on Oceania ships, formerly multi-lingual DVDs, are now replaced by TV screens that don't accept DVDs. One is left with a limited, unchanging selection of English-only children's cartoons, horor films,etc. Nevertheless you can get NBC, Fox, BBC, and Sky for your news. Many of the passengers had mobility handicaps, requiring walkers, motorized wheel chairs etc. The staff, and many passengers, went out of their way to accomodate their problems. But they frequently caused delay during activites on board, and particulalry on excursions. This is not fair to others and oceania should be more vigilant in accepting them for activities they are unable to adequately pursue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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
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