Insignia Overview

Designed with the cruise line's signature style and elegance, Oceania’s Insignia offers a multitude of onboard amenities, including a casino, fitness center, and the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa, where cruisers can relax in the thalassotherapy pool or enjoy one of the spa's signature treatments. The indulgence continues at the Horizons observation lounge, which serves up cocktails, live entertainment, and breathtaking views through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

For travelers looking to kick back and enjoy a show, the Lounge offers four unique productions, which span a variety of musical and dance styles. Shows range from Tuxedo, which features standards from the Rat Pack to 4 on the Floor, Insignia's tribute to legendary four-member bands such as The Beatles and ABBA. Cruisers who prefer more interactive pastimes should head to Artist Loft, where artists-in-residence host hands-on classes for creative travelers of all skill levels. The ship also boasts a heated pool, two whirlpools, and a variety of duty-free merchandise in its enticing boutiques.

Accommodating only 684 passengers, Insignia underwent a complete transformation during its 2018 OceaniaNext refurbishment. The ship came away from dry dock with a lighter, brighter feel, including modernized public spaces and cabins, which now boast soothing sea and sky colors. Only the ship's library, a passenger favorite boasting over 2,000 books, remained unchanged.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Insignia’s cruises depart from a multitude of ports, including New York, Miami, London, and Montreal, and the ship travels to exotic destinations worldwide. Although the ship offers various 7-day itineraries, many of its cruises take travelers on extended voyages. Its longest cruise, a 200-day global quest, stops at over 100 ports, including Cape Town, Lima, Rio Grande, Kuala Lumpur, and Hiroshima. Among its midrange cruises are an 18-day Miami to San Francisco voyage with stops throughout the Caribbean, a 20-day Shrines and Skyscrapers cruise that travels from Singapore to Dubai, and a holiday cruise from Los Angeles to Miami.

This ship is best for: Travelers looking for an intimate cruise on an elegant, modern ship will appreciate Insignia's understated charm and unique itineraries. Since most of the ship's activities aren't designed with families in mind, there are fewer children onboard, promoting a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that appeals to mature cruisers.

You should know: While Insignia serves up elegant, internationally inspired cuisine, it doesn't offer the variety of dining options provided by larger vessels. Insignia may not appeal to travelers looking to experience a new dining venue every day.

Activities on Insignia

Music lovers will appreciate Insignia's productions, including 4 on the Floor, a tribute to musical groups such as ABBA, The Beatles and The Four Seasons. For cruisers who prefer the dance floor to a theater seat, Horizons lounge offers live music, cocktails, and dancing.

Sun worshipers will appreciate the ship's heated outdoor pool and comfortable chaises, and for more active fresh-air pursuits, Insignia has a sports deck, where cruisers can enjoy a game of shuffleboard or practice their golf swing on the putting green. When it's time to head indoors, cruisers can revitalize with one of Canyon Ranch Spa's signature treatments or try their luck at slots in the ship's casino.

Ship Highlights
  • Canyon Ranch Spa
  • Artist Loft classes
  • Waves poolside bar
  • Musical productions: 4 on the Floor, Tuxedo, Acoustic Sessions, and Get on the Floor and Dance
  • Horizons observation lounge
  • Waves Grill poolside dining
  • Library with over 2,000 books
  • Sports deck, including shuffleboard and 9-hole putting green
  • Heated pool and 2 whirlpools
  • Polo Grill steakhouse and seafood
  • Afternoon tea

Cabins

While nearly 70% of Insignia's cabins include private, furnished verandas, travelers can also choose a budget-friendly interior stateroom or one of several oceanview cabin options. Cruisers seeking more spacious accommodations may prefer Insignia's luxurious suites.

Designed in soothing colors, all of the ship's recently renovated cabins feature Oceania's exclusive Ultra Tranquility beds and include turndown service, wireless internet access, and a refrigerated minibar stocked with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. Suites come with additional amenities, such as free laundry service, a 24-hour butler, and priority reservations at Insignia's specialty restaurants.

Dining

The Oceania dining experience is overseen by master chef Jacques Pepin, making it a foodies' dream. Insignia's formal Grand Dining Room offers passengers plentiful choices, including European-inspired fare, gourmet vegan cuisine, and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa dishes. At lunchtime, The Grand Dining Room features bistro-style food inspired by Pepin's own family recipes. Insignia also has several dinner-only venues, including Polo Grill, a classic steakhouse that serves delicious seafood and prime cuts of beef, and the Tuscan-inspired Toscana.

Cruisers who prefer more informal dining should check out Terrace Cafe, which offers interior and al fresco dining and boasts a changing menu of internationally inspired food. Just steps from the ship's swimming pool, Waves Grill is another great choice for travelers who want a casual lunch or a smoothie to enjoy while lounging in the sun.

Insignia Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: S
  • Total Passengers: 684
  • Total Crew: 400
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.71
  • Refurbished: Jan 2013
  • Number of Decks: 9
  • Total Cabins: 0
  • Cabin Categories: 5
  • Gross Tonnage: 30,277
  • Length: 594
  • Beam: 84

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 2.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 3.9
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 3.5
  • Food and Dining 4.6
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.8
  • Ship Quality 4.5

Cabins

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Balcony Balcony
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Toscana Toscana
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Grand Dining Grand Dining
5.0
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Terrace Cafe Terrace Cafe
5.0
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Polo Grill Polo Grill
5.0
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Onboard Activities

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Horizons Lounge Horizons Lounge
5.0
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Fitness Center Fitness Center
5.0
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Library Library
4.8
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Boutique Boutique
2.0
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Good cruise, great service by eaglette37421

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Had a nice but quiet time on the Insignia. It was just what we wanted.

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Wonderful cruise to many northeastern ports in Canada as well as the US. by juliepippi

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Had a great time and the cruise line is wonderful. Very attentive staff, remember your names and preference on drinks.

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Good overview of Cuba by shamk

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Worth going once, would not repeat it. We ate twice on the tour, could have done without it. Food on board definetly better.

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34 Insignia Tips

steve123
Feb 11, 2015

Book the specialty dining rooms in advance of boarding the ship or immediately when on board. You're not limited to the number of times you can dine in them but reservations fill up ultra fast. Transportation is NOT included to and from the airport/ship.

wood641
Jul 23, 2016

When given the opportunity to book specialty restaurants ahead of time, do so. Spread them out so that you can check them out early, mid cruise, and near the end when they are usually booked full. Enjoy the happy hours and various tastings if alcohol is in your plans. They are a great way to save.

dkaplan
Aug 03, 2016

If you're an early riser, coffee is available in the Horizons Lounge. Don't miss afternoon tea in Horizons -- but get there early for the best seats! On days at sea, take breakfast in the dining room -- it's more relaxing than the buffet in the Terrace Cafe.

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