Insignia Cruise Review to World Cruise

Contributor Level: Third Mate

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7+ cruises

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2

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4 out of 5

Another fun and relaxing adventure...

Sail Date: May 28, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

Cabin: 4003

So much beauty to experience in each island, so many interesting and fun people I met along the way. The experience of having a fruit buffet before returning to the pier in Nuku Hiva was unforgettable; the tour guide in Kauai was the best lecturer on the island's history (better than a book); and the afternoon on the glass bottom boat in Rangiroa was fun with lots of laughter. I met amazing and interesting people and made new friends. The staff are highly professional, committed to high standards of customer services. The only aspect that Oceania needs to improve is travel arraignments: scheduled flights, connections, and time between connections were the number one complaint from the majority of people on this trip.  

Cabin / Stateroom My cabin was 7019; it was comfortable, and well located. This year, I took my Tempur Pedic neck travel pillow and had the best sleep and rest from any other cruise before.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Arrival time in Tahiti was at 5AM so had to wait in a nearby resort. Disembarkation in LA was a breezy, went directly to the airport, which took over 1 hr due to bumper to bumper traffic.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Each of the excursions I went on was an opportunity to: visit new sites, experience the beauty of nature in each island and have fun and a sense of adventure.
Onboard Activities
I learned to play bridge from a world champion that was lots of fun and an opportunity to meet other people. Also, learned new techniques and applied them improving my photos during this trip.
Children's Programs N/A
Entertainment
Service and Staff
They are highly professional and committed to high quality standards of customer services.
Food and Dining
Papeete, Tahiti
The Papeete market is a must to visit; it is located right across from the pier.
Huahine, French Polynesia
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
A great place for Tahitian pearls is the Gauguin's pearl farm.
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
A beautiful island, the site for the 2001 CBS- Survivor episode, much history all around the island.
Hilo, Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu
Loved the double decker bus (Pink line). The fare is $2 and it goes through all the high end shopping in Waikiki and loops back to Ala Moana shopping center right in front of Waikiki beach. The bus from the pier, for passengers and crew, goes to Ala Moana shopping center. Diamond Head has the best view of the entire island.
Lahaina, Maui
A very different town since my previous visit back in 2007. The high quality boutiques are gone, restaurants didn't seem appealing and shopkeepers seemed to eager to make a sale.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
The Waimea canyon is an amazing and unique site to visit.

Tip

Bring a sense of adventure to this route; weather is unpredictable and the ocean can be rough at times (11 feet waves). The temperature changes very quickly, on land and on the ocean, so highly recommend to pack for dry/wet and warm/cool weather.



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