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Insignia Review

4.5 / 5.0
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194 reviews
19 Awards

Won’t be cruising with Oceania again anytime soon

Review for Insignia to Canada & New England
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
Cabin: Inside

I chose this cruise because of the ports it included specifically Quebec City, Charlottetown, New York, and Bermuda. The rest I didn’t really care one way or another. Both Charlottetown and Bermuda were cancelled - not Oceania’s fault for Bermuda - weather was bad. Substituted Corner Brook,Nfld for Charlottetown- not impressed - never heard a reason. 2 other Canadian ports were cancelled due to high winds and they were tender ports. I am travelling solo and this is not the ship to do that on. Entertainment is boring - music is boring. Most passengers are very “old.” I am a senior too but most of the passengers were “old” even for me and everyone was in pairs. Some people were friendly others were not. They had a meet and greet for solo travellers - 2 of the men that showed up were cousins travelling together - both were married - so not solo. One man and one woman were travelling together - so not solo. Just because they weren’t married doesn’t mean they were alone. 3 that showed up were part of the entertainment group - and knew each other well - so not solo. I don’t mind being alone but the staff made you feel awkward sometimes because you took up a table. I guess some people don’t understand those of us that like to be alone. The problem was because the weather was cold no one was using the outside tables.

Everyone seems to like Oceania’s food but I wasn’t overly impressed. One chef they had working the grill was not very pleasant - and lucky me - he was the one I always got to take my order. They had too many waiters sometimes - clearing plates before you were finished with them. The hours their restaurants serve is too restricted. Breakfast ends too early - if you don’t eat by 10 am you have to eat at lunch. And, if you are late for lunch because you went ashore your only option was the outside grill if it was before 4 pm. They had 2 nights with a red ginger theme - and I ate in my room the second night because I didn’t like anything on the menu. Never used my reservations for the specialty restaurants- couldn’t imagine sitting there by myself. They often had snacks in other areas but they were all carbs - pastries, cakes.

I have read other reviews about the passengers on the world cruise being cliquey- and I agree. They have games they play just for them.

Cabin Review

Inside

I travelled solo so cabin size and bathroom was fine with ample storage space. They has movies on demand available- so watched quite a few movies - again weather was cold for first half of the cruise.

Port Reviews

New York (Manhattan)

It was a very hot day to be on the top of the hop on hop off bus. Did just the uptown route. The instructions for returning to the ship was not very clearly communicated so chose to go back early.

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