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Cruise Ship Information

Insignia is an R class cruise ship built for Renaissance cruises. She is owned by Oceania Cruises where she is part of their Regatta Class. She most recently sailed in for Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2. She was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as MS R One. On December 11, 2014, 3 crew members died in a fire that broke out in the engine room when the ship was docked in St. Lucia.

Atmosphere on board

Insignia returned to the Oceania fleet in 2014 -- complete with the line's elegant touches -- after a two-year charter with Hapag Lloyd as Columbus 2 and an extensive refurbishment. Teak balconies, designer bone china and a prized art collection pepper the ship, adding refinement to the casual but sophisticated atmosphere.

Spend time paging through volumes in the English-inspired library, or take to Oceania@Sea, the onboard Internet center, to keep in touch or do a little research.

Family with Kids/Teens

Sorry, wrong ship. Most activities are geared to grownups on Marina, and there's no daycare center, teen club or arcade to keep the younger ones occupied.

Past Passenger Programs

Recreation onboard Oceania Cruises Insignia offers a great variety of past times. You can relax by the pool with a cocktail or your favourite book, enjoy the quiet surroundings of the English-style library, or participate on one of the enrichment classes.

Try your luck in the Casino, relax in one of the eight lounges bars or investigate the boutique shopping. From wine tasting to Yoga there is bound to be something for everyone.

Fitness And Spa

Canyon Ranch SpaClub is the spa onboard Oceania ships. All Concierge Level and Suite passengers receive free unlimited access to the Spa Terrace, which includes a steam room, small Jacuzzi pool and lounge chairs. The spa center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and offers a host of therapeutic, beauty and salon treatments.

Insignia's fitness facility is located within the Canyon Ranch spa. A range of 25- or 50-minute classes for fitness and wellness are offered, as well as personal training sessions, for a fee. Most classes cost $11 unless otherwise specified. Educational workshops and some classes are complimentary but are not scheduled until the voyage takes place.

Food & Dining

Specialty dining is included as part of the fare on Insignia. In addition to the ship's Grand Dining Room, it features two specialty restaurants, a buffet and a poolside cafe. In the Grand Dining Room, where the cuisine is French-inspired Continental, frescoes adorn the ceiling. Specialty restaurant Toscana features Tuscan cuisine. Sommeliers are on hand to suggest wine pairings. Don't miss the olive oil menu. Polo Grill, the second specialty restaurant, is an upscale steakhouse. Terrace Cafe is Insignia's breakfast and lunch buffet, which offers the chance to dine indoors or alfresco on the pool deck or aft terrace. Waves Grill offers lunchtime options like barbecue, seafood, salads, ice cream, gelato or milkshakes for Marinabathers and poolside loungers.

At 4 p.m. each day, you can partake in an English tea service, complete with a classical string quartet and pastries, in Horizons lounge.

Entertainment

During sea days onboard Insignia, activities are limited to the pool area, lounges and a few other select venues. Play a hand of cards in the Card Room, or brush up on your knowledge of vino with wine tastings and a discussion with the head sommelier.

Shows and general entertainment onboard Insignia feature a live classical orchestra, magicians, comedians and other headliners that vary by sailing.

The ship has a casino that features table games and slot machines, two shops and martini tastings at Martini's.

Fellow Passengers

Travelers tend to fall into the older age ranges (50 and up), are well traveled and hail mostly from the U.S. and Canada, with Brits and Australians making up the balance.

Tipping

Insignia radiates her own unique warmth and character. Her distinctive personality shines through from the moment you first step into her newly redesigned, neo-classical lobby or Toscana, resplendent in rich new fabrics and furnishings that reflect the charisma of Tuscany. Insignia boasts decks and verandas graced with the finest teak and exquisite custom stone and tile work. To ensure the elegance shines throughout the entire experience, there is all new Villeroy & Boch china, the finest silver and crystal, and a distinctive museum-quality art collection that is an eclectic melding of traditional and contemporary, with a touch of whimsy.

Our recommendation

Overall very impressed with the cabin. Housekeeping team very professional, polite and we always come back to a clean and freshened room. Kept up their promise as a luxury cruise line.