Very very good in so many ways.

Insignia Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Insignia

18 Night Northern Crossing (Miami To Reykjavik)

Sail date: July 01, 2016

Ship: Insignia

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8035

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

First, the itinerary was exceptional. An 18 day adventure including 3 stops in Canada Maritimes, 3 stops in Greenland, and finally Reykjavik. Next was the food on the ship. There are 2 specialty restaurants, Tuscana and Polo, as well as the Grand Dining Room, the Terrace Cafe (buffet), and the Waves Grill. We ate at all of them several times and the food was varied, fresh, well prepared, attractive, and tasty. Special requests were always accommodated and the service was personal, attentive, and professional. Then, I felt that everyone on the staff was personally invested in seeing to it that we enjoyed ourselves. If we had an issue, it was immediately addressed, no matter how minor. Next, our room, a penthouse suite, 322 sq ft, was very well laid out and functional. Our room staff was very efficient, friendly, and helpful. Also, we met a lot of new people. Not everyone you meet on a cruise will be your new bestie, but we met several who we will stay in touch with in the future. We were so happy with the ship, crew, and overall experience that we booked 3 more cruises before leaving the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice space. Well laid out and functional. Bring along a power strip so that you can plug in more than 2 things at a time.

Ship tip

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.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Get there the day before sailing and have a nice dinner at Toro Toro near the waterfront in downtown.

Port Canaveral, Florida

3 out of 5
Not much to see unless you book a tour. There are a lot of tours that can be fun, like an airboat ride.

Charleston, South Carolina

5 out of 5

New York, New York

5 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5
Ask a local where you can get the best lobster rolls. Good local brews too.

Saint John, New Brunswick

5 out of 5
Go see puffins.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
See whales and seals from a boat tour.

Nuuk, Greenland

5 out of 5
Get a fjord boat and whale watching tour. Love the icebergs up close.

Paamiut (Frederikshab), Greenland

1 out of 5
Stay on the ship. There is not much to see or do unless you just want to stretch your legs.

Qaqortoq, Greenland

3 out of 5
Take a long walk around the great lake.

Cruise Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

5 out of 5
A most extraordinary day of slow cruising through one of the most scenic places on earth.

Reykjavik, Iceland

5 out of 5
Stay for several days. So many good restaurants, see volcanoes, black sand beaches, glaciers, lava flows, mountains, etc.
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