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Insignia Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Fantastic food, great service, terrific ports - what more could you ask

Insignia Cruise Review by cuttingedgeglassworks

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: Trans-Ocean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We chose this cruise called Sultans to Safaris because of the diversity of the ports and the length of the cruise. It really did sail from Borneo's home of the Sultan of Brunei to the opportunity for safaris in Africa. The cruise was a portion of a world 6 month cruise on the beautiful Insignia.

We came onboard in Hong Kong after a long flight and a short shore excursion to see a few sights of this gorgeous city. The embarkation was unusual because the ship was actually docked at a shopping center! Imagine our surprise when our guide drove us up to a shipping bay at a shopping center to unload us and our luggage. It was easy, breezy from there to sign in and go onboard. Then we actually went back out into the shopping to find a wine store to bring a few bottles onboard for later consumption.

The first few ports were full of mosques, palaces, temples, etc. Lots to see in Manila, Malaysia, Brunei, Sri Lanka. We had arranged for private guides in most ports but sometimes just went with taxi drivers. Lots to see and do.

Starting westward we also stopped in the gorgeous Seychelles with its granite strewn beaches, and then onward to the African continent.

Highlight of the cruise were the day safaris in Kenya and South Africa. We had booked these in advance, and each one was a marvel. Loved all the animals.

So, the cruise was fantastic. I have to add that the food on the ship was absolutely fantastic, no matter which restaurant we chose. Insignia is one of the smaller ships (fewer than 700 passengers), so it has only 2 specialty restaurants - Italian and steakhouse at the time of our cruise. We enjoyed each of these several times, but the main dining room and buffet are fabulous, too. Room service was a bit slow but food generally very good, too.

The entertainment was only nominal, but the cruise director and the social director were top notch - best we have encountered during our 39 cruises, so far.

After the cruise we stayed for a 3 day Oceania stay in Cape Town, So. Africa. Enjoyed a shore excursion each day, including one to a private game preserve, and we fell in love with the city. The transfer from ship to hotel included a nice preview of the city and the beaches surrounding it.

Kudos to Oceania for a fabulous cruise!

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We enjoyed our cabin being near the elevator but remaining nice and quiet. Spent quite a bit of time enjoying the veranda, including having room service every morning and occasionally for dinner. I especially loved the forward hot tub which is relegated to Concierge level cabins and above. Husband & I enjoyed basically a private session in the evenings when others were eating and enjoying the shows.

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