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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our fourth cruise on Oceania, and second on the Insignia. Check-in in Los Angeles was a breeze, and I had no trouble bringing on board 6 bottles of good quality wine, for which I payed the high corkage fee of $25 per bottle; yet ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise on Oceania, and second on the Insignia. Check-in in Los Angeles was a breeze, and I had no trouble bringing on board 6 bottles of good quality wine, for which I payed the high corkage fee of $25 per bottle; yet I would do this again considering the very high prices they charge for wine. Food in all the restaurants and buffet was outstanding, and service was excellent, except for my cabin attendant who had to be reminded to do things. I really like the size of the old 'R ships', but the cabins, although in good repair, are way too small. While the ship had no dance or zumba lessons, the five piece band was outstanding, and there were usually five or six couples dancing each evening. Another high point was the wonderful bridge lessons taught by Harold; a very gifted teacher, and there was almost bridge play at several levels each afternoon. The internet was far-faster than any other ship we were on. There were never any lines for the restaurants or the tendering. There were some negatives besides the tiny concierge cabin. This was the last stage of the around the world cruise; avoid booking any segment of an around-the world- cruise; you'll be a second class citizen. Some of the staff seemed 'burned out' and exhausted. While the Panama Canal is excellent, the other ports are quite bad. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (Panama Canal). We’ve heard great things about the R ships because of the size and we thought we’d do a comparison with the O ships as we have sailed with the Riviera last year. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (Panama Canal). We’ve heard great things about the R ships because of the size and we thought we’d do a comparison with the O ships as we have sailed with the Riviera last year. Insignia is too tired and could use a lot of makeover. Paint peeling, rusting, carpets buckling, smelly, you get the picture... We chose a penthouse suite because we needed a little bit more room. The bed is very comfortable and very nice. The bathroom could use some work too. We had a bathtub/shower combo and I don’t know how a person taller than me could comfortably take a shower. I’m 5’3 and barely had the shower above my head. Bulgari amenities were nice which is the standard for the suite. Dining is of course excellent in which Oceania prides themselves. There were only two specialty restaurants (Toscana and Polo) on Insignia compared to Riviera which has four. But to be fair, the grand dining room features specialties from the Red Ginger and Jacques often enough that we didn’t miss those. Afternoon tea is always divine but watch that you don’t spoil your appetite for dinner. It’s so easy to do with those scrumptious treats! Entertainment is sorely lacking on this cruise. The guest singers were okay. The guest comedian, Fred Klett was good. The Insignia production show artists/singers were awful! One couple got up in the middle of the show and muttered “their singing is dreadful!” which I agreed. They’ve been better off having karaoke singers as they could have been better. In fairness, the Smile String Quartet and the Insignia Band were excellent. Except when they accompany the Insignia singers who drown out their music with the singers’ caterwauling. There is enough activities on board like bridge lessons and lectures which my husband enjoyed. There was a lame line dancing lesson. Trivia and bingo also. And of course, there’s a beautiful library on board that has beautiful and comfortable sofas and lounges to read and snooze and relax. Spa on board has various services offered at a very expensive premium price. It’s no wonder, they were never busy. There’s a separate steam room, showers and locker rooms for ladies and gents. It would have been nice to have a sauna. There’s also a nice fitness room with various machines and weights and have some free group exercise classes in the morning. And of course, there’s the usual up sell on personal training, coaching and nutrition training. The service on board is excellent which is expected for an upscale cruise line. Although we sometimes felt like those who were not part of the Around The World cruisers were the after thought. There were about 195 ATW cruisers on board and this ship fully catered to them. I guess, you have to follow where the $ is. We didn’t do shire excursions through Oceania as they were overpriced. My husband and I hired a van with another couple to take us around in Acapulco, Cartagena and grand Cayman and did our own thing. We spent a total of $150 for all tours which is the equivalent of one shore tour per person if we did it through Oceania. Disembarkation was a little messy for my liking compared to embarkation which was a breeze. But then again, a lot of people (ATW cruisers) were already on board and everyone had to disembark in Miami which was the end of the tour. Would I go on Insignia again? Probably not. I like the Riviera ship better because it has more to offer. Bigger staterooms, bigger hallway, bigger elevator, ones that can fit more than 4 people. But if Oceania continues to improve or maintain their cuisine and service level, we will continue to sail with them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I have taken 2 other Regent cruises they were perfect Regent has to take a serious look at their WiFi offered for free. Most times it was either so slow or not available definitely not a good experience The crew excellent the food ... Read More
I have taken 2 other Regent cruises they were perfect Regent has to take a serious look at their WiFi offered for free. Most times it was either so slow or not available definitely not a good experience The crew excellent the food especially the new Compass Rose menu was perfect The complimentary laundry was another disappointment why not extend the hours? The big negative was our disembarking in New York The process was smooth until you left the terminal # 88 not a Regent representative in sight Carnival reps directed us to our bus area Then the fun began I was group grey 3 The buses for grey 1 & 2 were there (for 40 minuets) finally our bus to JFK arrived loaded and left my flight was departing at 1: 00 pm the driver enters the airport at 11:35 am dros off some at Delta then drives out of the airport and come back in. He stopped the bus at a traffic signal leaves to get directions! 4 of us got out opened the luggage compartment retrieved our 8 bags and walked to our terminal we got there at 12:16 I think Regent should look at Academy Bus Co and maybe don’t use a low bidder shameful for my wife and I to unload our bags and run to the terminal I did write a note to Regent with no response I guess now that Norwegian owns them it will go down hill from here! The 4 of us will look at Crystal or Seaborne next trip Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I wanted a daylight transit of the canal.That was great! The ship skipped 2 ports... Nicaragua and Guatamala...no compensation for that. I was disappointed that coming back to New York we passed the Statue of liberty at 4AM so I ... Read More
I wanted a daylight transit of the canal.That was great! The ship skipped 2 ports... Nicaragua and Guatamala...no compensation for that. I was disappointed that coming back to New York we passed the Statue of liberty at 4AM so I missed that and I was so much looking forward to it. The officers were invisible. I saw the captain only once the whole trip. Ray was a great cruise director. Some of the entertainment was very good. The bridge lessons were very helpful...Judy was terrific. Despite the long voyage and good food I managed to lose weight! That was a shock! I ate a lot of fruit. Maybe that is the secret. I will probably try another ship for my next cruise. The Navigator is getting tired. Meeting people from all over the world is the best part of any cruise. I have many new friends from Europe and Australia. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. Going through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip and the only part of the cruise that I would recommend anybody doing. The stop in Costa Rica ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. Going through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip and the only part of the cruise that I would recommend anybody doing. The stop in Costa Rica was absolutely awful. Puntarenus, Costa Rica was our excursion for that day. Excursion was titled “scenic Costa Rica”. We saw nothing but trees, shack‘s and trash all along the route. I asked the excursion desk people why they even stopped in this area. They said their stops on the cruise ship came from the corporate office. I showed them the pictures I took from our excursion and they agreed, it’s an awful place for the cruise ship to stop, but their hands were tied. I advise them to call it something different then “scenic Costa Rica” because we surely did not see anything scenic. The room stewards were very accommodating, however, the staff in the dining room appeared new to the cruise line and very inexperienced. We had to wait great lengths of time to get our food, which by most standards, was just mediocre. The steaks were tough and the soups were the same almost every night, had very little flavor and not very interesting. There was nothing on the menu in the main dining room that I would write home about. The specialty dining’s were good, not great . The buffet in the upper deck were always crowded because there was not enough room for a more variety of dishes on the service line. They had the same thing almost every single night. Their nightly shows were OK but nothing that I would ever returned to see again. The movies that they showed in the movie theater were geared to children 8 to 15. The movie selections on the TV we’re also geared children. They had the Terminator II, a lego movie and Batman movie and some other child’s movie, They only had five TV channels, three news stations, one TV show station and movie station, again geared to children. TV stations were so bad that even the comedian in one of the shows joked about how bad the TV choices were. I have to say, the average age on this cruise was 65. The activities, movie selections and shows in the main theater should have been geared to a more mature audiences. We did not buy the drink package but we did find that the same glass of wine in one bar would be two dollars more in another bor for the same wine. I will not recommend Norwegian Cruise line anymore. We have been on several Norwiegian cruises, including the Sun the Epic and the Pearl and we will no longer recommend cruising with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate both Jerry's 78th birthday and our anniversary. It was perfect! Once again, we enjoyed our mini-suite and Club Class and met some wonderful people. The waiters went out of their way to accommodate our ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate both Jerry's 78th birthday and our anniversary. It was perfect! Once again, we enjoyed our mini-suite and Club Class and met some wonderful people. The waiters went out of their way to accommodate our somewhat unique dining choices, and Oscar, the maitre d' was always cheerful and funny. He told us some hilarious jokes and was better than one of the comics. Josko was our head waiter, and he was nice enough to have the sugar-free, mango cheesecake made for me when I whined about not having it for over a week. He also made sure we had gluten-free rolls and asparagus and broccoli until it started coming out of my ears. The entertainers were some of the best we've ever seen, and Ian, the guest speaker, was excellent. I loved going to Sarah's Zumba every sea day. She is the assistance cruise director and a permanent member of the Pacific staff so I hope to see her again. Jerry and I enjoyed all of the dance classes, both line and ballroom, taught by Tash who was a member of the dance group. She is an excellent dancer, and we're hoping to see her again too. We got a kick out of the unique personality of the Cruise Director. His name is Peter Tredgett, and Paul Chandler-Burns (over favorite cruise director) trained him. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Chose cruise for the Panama Canal Transit. Explored Los Angeles prior to cruise. Getting on and off cruise ship went well. Did a disembarkation tour with drop off at Miami Airport. Would highly recommend as didn't have to spend all day at ... Read More
Chose cruise for the Panama Canal Transit. Explored Los Angeles prior to cruise. Getting on and off cruise ship went well. Did a disembarkation tour with drop off at Miami Airport. Would highly recommend as didn't have to spend all day at airport prior to flight. Small ship only 670 passengers but not too small and still lots of activities. Service, cabin, dining, entertainment all excellent. Ports and shore excursions all good. Didn't travel with children. Activities were offered for children but seemed limited. Only noticed 2 children on cruise, feel Pacific Princess more suited to adult cruising owing to its size. This ship offers a more intimate style of cruising. Would highly recommend this ship and cruise. Was nice to really get to know the staff and saw the Captain and his other Officers around the ship lots talking to us and other passengers. Which made the experience even better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
After visiting family on the west coast, we chose to sail home to Florida instead of fly. This was our first time on such a small ship. So, we viewed it as an adventure. We had been assigned late seating for dinner and wanted early ... Read More
After visiting family on the west coast, we chose to sail home to Florida instead of fly. This was our first time on such a small ship. So, we viewed it as an adventure. We had been assigned late seating for dinner and wanted early dining. We always choose "Anytime Dining"--however that was not available. On arrival, a visit with Oscar, the Maitre d' offered a compromise. He allowed us to come at 6 p.m. and he fit us in to an available space. On the 4th night, we were assigned to the best table ever! There were 8 of us and dinner became a highlight of our day. We had so much fun together and were the last table finished nightly. There are 2 big "lounges". One takes the place of a theatre, but you are seated close to the show--the dancers are on a floor right in front of you. The seating is arm chairs--like in a living room. Arrive 30" early. The production shows were beautiful, and the guest entertainers were quite good. The dancers doubled as activity staff, and were delightful. The other lounge is smaller and that is where the gameshows take place, zumba, some lectures, etc. Our room steward spoke excellent English and was very personable. The Buffet was on deck 9. Our cabin was deck 7, and the show lounge was on deck 5! It was so easy to get around--2 sets of stairs and 2 sets of elevators. And the elevators were not crowded. The buffet was small, but had a pretty good variety of food. Seating was not a problem. In 17 days we visited 5 ports. Of course, the Panama Canal was very interesting. The new ports for us were Puerto Chiapas, Mexico and Santa Marta, Columbia. We took ship tours and they were satisfactory and decently priced. The pool area (one pool) is small with 2 hot tubs--always looked to have available loungers. There is a running track overlooking the pool--also not crowded. There were the usual sales presentations in the spa area. The cruise director is humorous, friendly and visible around the ship. The ship was in good repair. Embarcation and disembarkation were very timely. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the Panama Canal Crossing. We fell in love with the Pacific Princess. It's elegant and classy and small! We never had to wait for an elevator, a buffet, a pool chair, or a seat. The entertainment was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the Panama Canal Crossing. We fell in love with the Pacific Princess. It's elegant and classy and small! We never had to wait for an elevator, a buffet, a pool chair, or a seat. The entertainment was outstanding! Crew were fantastic! I can't say enough good things about this ship, her crew, and the itinerary! We stayed on deck 7, which was perfect. It was two flights up to the gym. It was two flights down to the dining room and theater! Yoga was $12/class or $10/class if you buy three. There was a free stretch class that was wonderful. Activities were many and well timed. We had busy mornings, poolside afternoons, and fabulous evenings. Trivia could be played as many as four tminutes mes per day. We maxed at three per day! We won once and had lots of close second places! Again, I can't recommend this jewel of the Princess fleet enough. If you're fortunate enough to get a cruise on her, do it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
The cruise was chosen by us due to the Panama Canal transit, which was a a highlight—from daylight to dark that particular day we had fascinating views from our balcony, and were blessed with blue skies. Since we live in the tropics ... Read More
The cruise was chosen by us due to the Panama Canal transit, which was a a highlight—from daylight to dark that particular day we had fascinating views from our balcony, and were blessed with blue skies. Since we live in the tropics in Australia, the scenery in the five countries visited, six shore excursions, contained no surprises in regard to landscape, weather and crops, but the third-world life-style certainly was different. So the trip was educational. The mighty ship itself, with its well-trained and happy crew, catered for various age groups. On our anniversary, at the Italian restaurant, we were surprised with cake and candles and a song, which brought me to tears. We had made no particular arrangements for this. Very touching to have young people from Indonesia and the Philippines wishing us well... a most worthwhile trip to recall for many years... One low-light was queueing for an extended period for Box Office reservations for Jersey Boys (promoted heavily) before the ship even left Miami. We actually saw the show two weeks later, so why the rush before we were even at sea. Not a good beginning, but it improved...lots... Read Less

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