Insignia Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

Will Be Remembered as One of our Favorites

Sail Date: July 19, 2016

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Cabin: 6007

Our recent Nordic cruise on Oceania's Insignia will be remembered as one of our favorite cruises among the many that we have taken.  The itinerary was a perfect introduction to this part of the world -- taking us to places we hadn't been before.  It was a nice blend of ports that featured stunning natural wonders (geysers, waterfalls, mountains and fjords) as well as cosmopolitan cities and historic neighborhoods worth exploring on foot.  We enjoyed a variety of experiences on the ship's shore excursions and on our own.  The ship won our hearts with its tasteful and refined decor, outstanding cuisine, and excellent service.  We found it to be the perfect size for us:  not too big and not too small.  We appreciated its quiet, relaxing atmosphere, smoke-free venues, and the fact that there were very few children on board.  I overheard one passenger complaining about the lack of activities onboard, but we rejoiced that there was no rock-climbing wall, no non-stop disco, bingo, karaoke, art auctions, and all the other noise and nonsense of big cruise ships.  We cruise for the sheer pleasure of cruising and to visit interesting ports of call.  We don't need a floating amusement park.  We look forward to sailing on Oceania's Insignia again someday.

Cabin / Stateroom
Very comfortable accommodations, but the bathroom and shower was a little smaller than expected. Very glad we upgraded to a veranda on this cruise because of the ports -- but there are many public spaces on the ship to enjoy if you're in a lesser cabin.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Couldn't have been any easier!
Ship Quality
Loved the tastefully elegant decor. A well- maintained ship.
Destinations and Excursions
Nice variety of shore excursions and interesting destinations.
Onboard Activities
They do not offer many onboard activities, so if you have difficulty entertaining yourself, you may be bored on days at sea.
Children's Programs
Not a ship for children -- they will be bored unless they like to read or play chess.
Entertainment
We enjoyed the entertainment very much; however, those accustomed to big, flashy production numbers, ice shows, etc. will be disappointed. Our cruise featured a string quartet, a comedian, a violinist, and singers.
Service and Staff
Excellent service and attention to detail. The staff always greeted us by name throughout the ship.
Food and Dining
The cuisine was outstanding. Some of the best meals we've had onboard any cruise line.
Reykjavik, Iceland
We arrived a day early and booked a private excursion to tour the Golden Circle.
Isafjordur, Iceland
Akureyri, Iceland
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Oslo, Norway
Lots to do in Oslo. Too bad we didn't have an overnight here. We'll have to come back.
Copenhagen, Denmark
We took the shore excursion that combined a Canal Boat tour with a visit to Tivoli Gardens. They took us to Tivoli Gardens first and we only had an hour (not enough time). Canal boat tour was disappointing -- could not see as much as you would on a walking tour of the city.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
So glad that we did not go to Berlin. Instead of spending most of the day on a bus, we walked around this delightful seaside resort instead.
Stockholm, Sweden
The cruise ended here. Instead of going directly to the airport, we took a hotel overnight so that we could spend a day exploring this lovely city.

Tip

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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