Originally scheduled for Cuban ports, Insignia had to change its itinerary. We were offered a big discount to sail to the Western Caribbean. Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya were substituted. None of these ports was very interesting. Because of the change each port of call was mobbed with 3 or 4 mega ships already docked. In two ports we had to tender. We chose to stay onboard several times.
The ship has just refitted and looks beautiful. Our PH cabin was classified as “obstructed view”. A very small upper corner of our veranda was cut off. This was hardly noticeable and provided extra privacy since we abutted a suite and we had a solid wall separating our balconys. The cabin was quiet - almost no food traffic outside our door.
Dining in Toscana and Polo was outstanding. The Terrace cafe was excellent, providing grilled lobster tails, shrimp and lamb chops every night. The Grand Dining room is lovely but the menus are just not thrilling. Sometimes we were at a loss as to what to order. For breakfast we had our butler serve in our cabin. It was great. He did a beautiful presentation and the food selection was good.
Entertainment was what we anticipated for a small ship. The musical productions were very good. The cruise director, Carson, did an excellent musical show. We didn’t care for the comedian and left after 5 or 10 minutes as did many others.
Since we usually sail on Riviera we missed the other two specialty restaurants and I missed the Culinary Center where I always take one of the fun classes.
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at 11:00 and were dining at Waves grill by 11:20.
Disembarkation was equally easy. Our bags were ready and a porter took them to our car in the lot across the street.
Service throughout was polite and cheerful.
We loved it! Would book again. Comparing it to other PH cabins this one had a little more privacy on the balcony. It was quiet. No noise from overhead or in the hall. The “obstructed view” was hardly noticeable - part of the solid wall separating it from the suite next door.