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

Insignia Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall rating:

3 out of 5

12 Night Black Sea Treasures (Athens To Istanbul)

Sail date: May 29, 2014

Ship: Insignia

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

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 experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All are the best of the best with great attitudes

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Syros, Greece

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
We visited Miletus and Didyma this time, both unforgettable.

Sinop, Turkey

3 out of 5
Small place, nothing of note.

Trabzon, Turkey

5 out of 5
The Soumela monastery was the highlight and an exceptional site. Not to be missed.

Sochi, Russian Federation

3 out of 5
Nice resort but nothing to rave about. Stalin's dacha was interesting. Sochi is not a place worth visiting

Odessa, Ukraine

1 out of 5
Obviously Oceania did not do its homework -- WE DID NOT VISIT ODESSA -- anybody there?????

Constanta, Romania

3 out of 5
Histria is beautiful.

Nesebur (Nessebar), Bulgaria

5 out of 5
A surprise. Beautiful port with interesting old churches, clean, civilized. A treat.

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5
A fabulous city. We ended up having an extra day since we had to miss the Ukraine.
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