July 2016 - Insignia to Europe - Northern Europe
Our recent Nordic cruise on Oceania's Insignia will be remembered as one of our favorite cruises among the many that we have taken. The itinerary was a perfect introduction to this part of the world -- taking us to places we hadn't been before. It was a nice blend of ports that featured stunning natural wonders (geysers, waterfalls, mountains and fjords) as well as cosmopolitan cities and historic neighborhoods worth exploring on foot. We enjoyed a variety of experiences on the ship's shore excursions and on our own. The ship won our hearts with its tasteful and refined decor, outstanding cuisine, and excellent service. We found it to be the perfect size for us: not too big and not too small. We appreciated its quiet, relaxing atmosphere, smoke-free venues, and the fact that there were very few children on board. I overheard one passenger complaining about the lack of activities onboard, but we rejoiced that there was no rock-climbing wall, no non-stop disco, bingo, karaoke, art auctions, and all the other noise and nonsense of big cruise ships. We cruise for the sheer pleasure of cruising and to visit interesting ports of call. We don't need a floating amusement park. We look forward to sailing on Oceania's Insignia again someday.