Insignia Review

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Insignia 10/08/23

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Insignia
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Jim Jaxon
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We were hoping to get an advanced fall foliage tour. Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative, but that's the chance you take when you book an autumn cruise. There were some beautiful patches of color, but it rained nearly every day and the temperature never reached 60 degrees until the last day or two. Lesson learned. The cruise departed from Montreal. We flew in the day before hoping to spend some time sight-seeing, but that was rained out. We stayed at the Intercontinental, close to the docks.

This was our first voyage on the Insignia. The ship is spotless, well maintained and the entire crew and staff couldn't have been more efficient and friendly. Aside from a river cruise, the Insignia was the smallest ship we've sailed on. The deck plan and overall decor is very similar to that of the larger Marina, that we were on last December. That said, the ship was generally comfortable. Occasionally, there were some issues getting an elevator, but it was no real problem. The cabin is smaller than we generally get on the bigger ships and the shower is nearly impossible, but we made it work. Bring a power strip. Only two difficult to use outlets in the cabin. We had a small but workable balcony with a table and two chairs. Unfortunately it was too wet to use much.

Oceania is probably best known for their emphasis on fine dining. The food is good. Not (in my opinion) great, but good. I personally found the food in the Terrace cafeteria to be as good or better than the specialty restaurants. I just can't do 2.5 hour dinners anymore.. We had a breakfast and a couple dinners in the main dining room, it was never crowded. That kind of formal dining experience appears to have lost it's popularity. The service was vert good and the food was OK, but nothing special. Would we use Oceania again? Yes. But we'll stick the bigger ships.

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Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

Near the back of the ship. Small, but squeaky clean and the staff was as good as we've ever had. They almost magically appeared when we needed them, and generally were out of sight when we didn't.

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