Review of Oceania (Insignia) Sept. 12 - Sept 29. Valletta, Malta to Miami Florida, USA
This was our third cruise (our first repositioning) and the first with Oceania. We were a bit trepidatious signing up for this cruise as we were not enthralled with our previous two experiences (NCL and Royal Caribbean). However, we were bowled over with the excellent standards on Oceania Insignia in all areas - Food, Service and Cleanliness.
The staff were very professional, friendly and helpful and it was a pleasure to be on board. The food was generally very good to excellent. The inventive composition and sheer variety of the menu was staggering. Everything was beautifully plated and extremely fresh (despite having been at sea for seven straight days). Sometimes we felt the spicing was a bit muted and tailored for an older (and tamer palate). We had spoken to quite a few passengers that were repeat cruisers with Oceania and they felt that the standards (both service and food) had gone down a bit (since the merger with NCL). That being said, the food and service was the best we have experienced on any cruise line. Both Mercy (Grand Dining Room Manager) and Russlan (the Grand Dining Room Bartender) provided wonderful service and made you feel so welcome! Our cabin, 6064, was very comfortable and beautifully maintained by Yessinia and her assistant. They took great care in cleaning our room perfectly every day!
Our cabin, 6064, was very comfortable and beautifully maintained by Yessinia and her assistant. They took great care in cleaning our room perfectly every day!
We stayed in Malta (Corinthia Palace hotel (Excellent hotel)) for two weeks and loved it. The only thing that we missed was the the Neolithic Hypogeum was closed for maintenance - a singular world heritage site.
Due to Hurricane Karl we diverted to Nassau instead of Bermuda. Did not care for the downtown area - but once out of the town center - the island was quite nice. We went to Atlantis - a bit over the top - but also fun.