Insignia Review

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Pros

Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

Cons

Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

Bottom Line

Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults


Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Editor

Insignia Overview

On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of the familiar attributes of a cruise ship, but onboard the environment is intimate -- and quiet. A few hundred passengers smaller than fleetmates Marina and Riviera, Insignia carries an elegant yet contemporary atmosphere, perfect for a mature crowd looking to travel unique itineraries -- Insignia is used as Oceania's ship for six-month World Cruises -- in comfort.

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Service onboard Insignia is attentive and professional -- a constant flurry of greetings, many times with your surname intact, ma'ams, sirs and "right away." We never had to ask for much and when we did, we didn't have to wait long for our request to be fulfilled. If you ask for a single piece of toast to be well done, that is precisely what you will get.

Food is a main event, and Insignia's culinary offerings are a true highlight of the sailing. The chandelier in the Grand Dining Room makes the space sparkle, literally, and Versace plates lend an aura of high-end restaurant gravitas to your meals. Oceania consistently invests in its food and wine, most recently adding a full plant-based menu that spans all dining areas.

There's no fear of missing out on something aboard Insignia. That's because there's never so much happening that attending a lecture or a game of shuffleboard would create a strain in a tight schedule. For many, that's a relief -- you can lie in the sun and sleep soundly at night knowing you only skipped golf putting. You'll be hard-pressed to find a crowded place onboard (except, perhaps, the buffet at peak mealtimes) -- and that can be both good and bad.

Overall, the essentials -- your room, the food, the surroundings, the crew -- are top-notch on Insignia, and a vacation with plenty of ports will distract from some of the gaps in programming. The ship has a lot of fans, and the contemporary, elegant look, outstanding dining and interesting itineraries will likely bring more into the fold.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • All dining, including main dining room, buffet, room service and at least one reservation in both specialty restaurants
  • All nonalcoholic drinks onboard, including specialty coffee drinks, sodas, smoothies, virgin frozen drinks and in-cabin mini-fridge stocked with seltzer and soda
  • Bottled water for excursions and in the fitness room; Vero water, both sparkling and still, in your cabin and in restaurants
  • Wi-Fi (one device per stateroom at a time)
  • Self-service laundry, including detergent
  • Fitness classes
  • All entertainment, lectures and programming
  • Use of Spa Terrace for Concierge-level passengers and above

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities of $16 per person, per day in standard staterooms or $23 per person, per day for suite passengers which are automatically added to the bill
  • Automatic bar and spa gratuities of 18 percent
  • Shore excursions
  • Spa services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal training

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Fellow Passengers

Retired couples, friend groups and adult children traveling with elderly parents are largely what you'll find onboard Insignia sailings; it would be very rare to spot a child or even a young adult. The passenger mix on Insignia is predominantly English-speaking -- about 85 to 90 percent American (depending on the itinerary), followed by Canadians and some Brits. A wider variation of cultures can be found on world cruises, and a slightly younger crowd sails the Caribbean itineraries.


Oceania Insignia Dress Code

Daytime: Country club casual is the term used for daywear, which is much the same as you would find at a resort -- shorts, collared tops, sundresses and so forth.

Evening: There are no formal nights onboard Insignia, but elegant casual is encouraged for the evenings. That means button-downs and slacks for men; skirts, dresses and dressy pants outfits for women. Passengers opting for a less dressy evening can visit the Terrace restaurant for dinner.

Not permitted: No jeans, athletic shoes or sandals, casual T-shirts or hats in the main dining room or specialty restaurants at dinner. Tank tops and swimwear are never accepted at any of the main venues, including tea time.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Oceania


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Where does Oceania Insignia sail to?
Oceania Insignia cruises to Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Aruba, Barbados, St. Barts, St. Lucia, Tortola, Martinique, Juneau, Sitka, Victoria, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Newport, Tahiti (Papeete), Bora Bora, Port Canaveral (Orlando), Miami, San Francisco, Quebec City, Montreal, Key West, Dominica, Antigua, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Hamilton, Southampton, Newfoundland, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Venice, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Brugge (Bruges), Rome (Civitavecchia), Lisbon, Seville , Taormina (Messina), Florence, Helsinki, Tallinn, Hilo, Sydney (Australia), New York (Manhattan), Honolulu, Amsterdam, Charleston, San Diego, Cairns, Boston, Athens, Acapulco, Istanbul, Bergen, Ensenada, London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury), Paris, Saint John (New Brunswick), Dublin, Rhodes, Santorini, Kusadasi, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Prince Rupert, Dubai, Gibraltar, Singapore, Manaus, Wellington, Kauai, Auckland, St. Vincent, Sorrento, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Saint-Tropez, Belfast, Mykonos, Hanoi, Aqaba (Petra), Pago Pago, Melbourne, Cape Town, Brisbane, Safaga, Dunedin, Darwin, Hiroshima, Bangkok, Haifa (Tel Aviv), Mumbai (Bombay), Visby, Adelaide, Ho Chi Minh City, Nagasaki, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Trinidad, Seward, Salalah, Reykjavik, Rangiroa, Travemunde (Lubeck), Tauranga, Napier, Beijing, Muscat, Bilbao, Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island), Koh Samui, Sihanoukville, Perth (Fremantle), Yangon (Rangoon), Penang, Shanghai, Porto (Leixoes), Stavanger, Saint-Malo, Kobe, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Taipei (Keelung), Agadir, Walvis Bay, Zanzibar, Broome, Cobh (Cork), Waterford, Lerwick (Shetland Islands), Manila, Phuket, Bali, Komodo Island, Kagoshima, Tokyo (Yokohama), Suva, Bordeaux, Kiel, Astoria, Oregon , Akaroa, Akureyri, Albany (Australia), Alicante, Almeria, Burnie, Cartagena (Spain), Corner Brook, Dutch Harbor, Exmouth, Hakodate, Huatulco, Kodiak, La Coruna, Lautoka, Nha Trang, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Richards Bay, Santa Marta, Santarem, Thursday Island, Xiamen, Geelong, Isafjord, Geraldton, Acajutla, Mangalore, Corinto and San Juan del Sur.
How much does it cost to go on Oceania Insignia?
Cruises on Oceania Insignia start from $1,299 per person.
Is Oceania Insignia a good ship to cruise on?
Oceania Insignia won 15 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Ship Refurbishment

Oceania Insignia Member Reviews

RLM77
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Just off Insignia from an 11-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary. This was our 44th cruise overall, but first on Oceania....Read More
LB_NJ
Sail Date: Aug 2019
What the Insignia does better than QM2 and Princess is food. The food on Insignia was definitely better than QM2 and Princess. Especially the buffet....Read More
shrumster
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The crew and staff on the Insignia make the trip a most relaxing, care free and enjoyable experience....Read More
Overthewaves
Sail Date: Jan 2020
In the evening there is dancing to a good jazz band (on Insignia) and Chamber music quartet to accompany drinks before evening dinner....Read More

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