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Insignia Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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No Fall Wonder. Fall Danger Instead.

Insignia Cruise Review by Stansbop

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: the USA
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View

We chose this NEWEngland/Canada cruise because of the Oceania reputation and the quieter atmosphere of a smaller ship. Oceanis surely scored very high in terms of their wonderful staff, excellent dining room, and delicious food. While some aspects of the Fall Wonder tour were great, none of the great things included the ship itself and certainly not the poor decision made by the Captain to cruise into a Nor’easter. Best aspects include a wonderful team of servers, cabin stewards, and crew; these young people deserve an A +. Also excellent was the dining in the Grand Dining Room and the cuisine. However, while no one can blame the Captain for the terrible weather -including a nasty storm - the decision to leave a safely docked port in St John and cruise through a terrible storm in order to reach a destination which would not even allow us to dock was a reckless error. The night of the storm was no less than terrifying. The next day, as both glassware and unsteady humans fell to the floor there was not a word from the Captain to reassure anyone...only the messages announcing that we had no port to enter. Out of eight possible ports we missed four. Instead of one sea day we had four. No Happy hour offer could appease the disappointment of those who could admit to themselves that this trip was a loser.A valuable lesson for me was that for any future cruise I must do more research. Tonnage really matters in the middle of a Nor’easter. Insignia did not handle the Atlantic in a manner that helped six hundred passengers to feel safe.The loss of enjoyment with the port cancellations was disappointing, but the genuine fear for the personal safety of the people on that ship was a black memory I will never forget. Should I cruise again I will research the ship long before I book...and I will not return to Insignia.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View
Cabin C2 4000

Beautifully attended to by our stewards who went out of there way to ensure our comfort. Jennifer and Nourman were professional and very friendly .Excellent bed and bedding.Sufficient storage. Bathroom very tiny but spotlessly clean. The cabin was just too small and the bathroom too small as well.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Newport

We walked Clidd Walk on what was a cold and great day. Finished by enjoying great chowder at Bowen’s Wharf

Boston

We just did the Trolley tour which was immensely informative. Fabulous guide, Geordie, really added to the experience. Learned much about Boston history

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Interesting tour guide. Interesting look at reversing water. Long ride to St Martins Village for shopping at their quaint shops

Halifax

This is the port we could just not get into u til rather late at night.

Walking Tour

Two days in Quebec. On the first very cold and wet day ( snow showers) we visited the beautiful Falls, taking a cab with another couple. Very powerful. Would be even better in nicer weather

The second day was the guided walk through two he city with an excellent tour guide. Quebec City, while wonderfully charming, also has a fascinating history. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We finished with tea at the Frontenac Very nice.

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New York (Manhattan)

We only did embarkation in NYC. The ship sailing in the early evening past the Statue of Liberty was beautiful and very moving.

Bar Harbor

One of the most disappointing aspects of this cruise was being unable to visit Bar Harbor. Understandably, the decision was based on safety since this was a tender port.


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