Insignia Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Great expectations .... BUT.....

Sail Date: May 29, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is beautiful, the service is exceptional, the food is delicious and the accommodations are great.  Oleg the pianist was wonderful and so were the singers and dancers.  Diego the concierge was a saint having to put up with legitimate complaints and is the ultimate professional.  However, we expected more from the cruise director Leslie regarding lectures onboard and not just dry talk about places we were going to visit, did not need lectures about shopping.  More activities on the two sea days would have been welcome.  Oceania is not known for its sea days but this cruise was altered without much thought.  We initially booked this cruise because of the three Ukrainian ports, Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa.  Thanks to Mr. Putin we had to miss all three.  Oceania had no choice on this but the passengers expected better customer service from the main office, the suggestions fell on deaf ears and we all felt that a complimentary bottle of wine would have been a nice gesture.  This was a very expensive cruise that did not meet anybody's expectations regarding the destinations.  A second greek island would have been preferable to two days in Romania.  This was my 6th cruise with Oceania.  I am still debating whether I will sail with them again.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
All are the best of the best with great attitudes
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Syros, Greece
Lovely island, we were lucky with the weather. Beautiful churches with one of them housing an old icon painted by El Greco.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
We visited Miletus and Didyma this time, both unforgettable.
Sinop, Turkey
Small place, nothing of note.
Trabzon, Turkey
The Soumela monastery was the highlight and an exceptional site. Not to be missed.
Sochi, Russian Federation
Nice resort but nothing to rave about. Stalin's dacha was interesting. Sochi is not a place worth visiting
Odessa, Ukraine
Obviously Oceania did not do its homework -- WE DID NOT VISIT ODESSA -- anybody there?????
Constanta, Romania
Histria is beautiful.
Nesebur (Nessebar), Bulgaria
A surprise. Beautiful port with interesting old churches, clean, civilized. A treat.
Istanbul, Turkey
A fabulous city. We ended up having an extra day since we had to miss the Ukraine.

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