Oceania Insignia

Oceania Insignia Review and Specifications

Specifications of Oceania Insignia

Year built1998  /  Age : 20
Flag state Marshall Islands
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassRenaissance / R-Class
Building costGBP 150 million (USD 200 million)
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
OperatorOceania Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)180 m / 591 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage30277 gt
Passengers698 - 803
Crew372
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks11
Cabins349
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2016-2018
Former namesR One (Renaissance Cruises), Columbus 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
Christened byVirginia Waters

Review of Oceania Insignia

Launched in 1998 as R One, Oceania Insignia cruise ship is the first (and oldest) in the fleet of R-class liners, with sisterships Nautica,Regatta and Sirena (former Ocean Princess). Oceania ship Insignia will be drydock refurbished in 2018 (November-December) by company's new OceaniaNEXT fleet renovation project (2019-2020).

History - construction and ownership

Oceania Cruises is an US company, and brand owned by NCL Norwegian (shipowner), Between April 2007 and September 2014, the company (as part of "Prestige Cruise Holdings") was owned by Apollo Management LP - one of the world's largest private investment equity funds. Since September 2014, Oceania and the sister company Regent Seven Seas Cruises are owned by NCL, acquired at the total cost of USD 3 billion. Oceania ships offer luxury cruises with relatively shorter itineraries, as well as Around The World voyages up to 180 days in length.

Oceania Insignia cruise ship

The 30,277-ton, 698-passenger cruise ship Insignia is currently back to Oceania Cruises. The concise history of ms Insignia includes the names of ms R One (1998-2003), ms Insignia (2004-2012) and ms Columbus 2 (2012-2014) as former names of a single passenger ship. Hapag-Lloyd decided not to renew Insignia's charter after 2014.

Cruise itinerary program

Insignia itinerary program is based on luxury World Cruises round-trip from Miami with various segments, Mediterranean itineraries, Asia cruises with departures from Singapore and Hong Kong, voyages in Australia and South Pacific, Panama Canal transits and Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

The first half of 2017 and 2018, ms Insignia will sail her 5th 'Around the World in 180 Days' cruise. 8 segments are available, including 20 days from Miami to Reykjavik via Greenland and 28 days from Rome to Montréal.

A 180-day world cruise is scheduled to depart March 1, 2019 aboard ms Insignia. Oceania Insignia will carry 684 passengers during the world cruise which covers over 83,000 km across 2 oceans, 5 continents and 16 seas.

Cabins

Oceania Insignia has a total of 349 cabins (of which 49 Suite, 184 Balcony, 28 Inside rooms) in 16 grades. Most Insignia staterooms (66%) are 175-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Insignia are the Owner’s Suites (735 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Oceania guests take advantage of the flexibility of 4 open seating dining venues. The Grand Dining Room serves Continental cuisine. it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alternative, reservations-required options are Toscana, which offers gourmet Italian food, and the steak house Polo Grill. The buffet restaurant Terraces serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is transformed into "Tapas on the Terrace" at night for a relaxed atmosphere. All dining venues have bars, and there is no cover charge. In addition, a poolside grill offers hamburgers, sandwiches and salads at lunchtime. There is also a pizzeria in the buffet area. The observation lounge Horizons serves afternoon tea. Room service is available 24 hours.

Follows the complete list of Insignia restaurants and food bars.

  • Grand Dining Room (complimentary 340-seat restaurant for open seating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; offers French-inspired dishes, and menus change daily)
  • Waves Grill (casual dining fastfood bar; serves the pool deck area with made-to-order daily specialties and gelato icecream)
  • Terrace Cafe & Bar (casual buffet restaurant, complimentary; open for breakfast and lunch; features indoor and outdoor sitting areas; the Terrace Bar serves as a small pizzeria as well; the Terrace Cafe transforms into “Tapas On The Terrace” at night serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine)
  • Toscana (96-seat Italian fine dining restaurant, dinner-only, reservations-only, complimentary; offers traditional Italian cuisine)
  • Polo Grill (96-seat Steakhouse restaurant, complimentary; reservations required).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Insignia welcomes her guest in an amazing country club atmosphere while her cruises offer unforgettable adventurous experience. The mid-size of ms Insignia and the fact that she is non-crowded allows her guest to relax completely.

Oceania Insignia cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Insignia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Insignia Lounge (main show room/theater for live evening entertainment and themed dancing parties; hosts daily trivia quizzes, lectures and presentations)
  • The Casino (operates with USD bets; served by the Casino Bar)
  • Martinis (piano bar serving a variety of Martinis)
  • Two Boutiques (duty-free perfumes, jewelry, Oceania-logo merchandise, clothes, gifts, convenience goods)
  • Upper Hall lounge area (with grand piano for live performances; served by the Martinis Bar)
  • Grand Bar (wine bar; hosts wine tastings; served by Baristas making complimentary illy beverages)
  • Insignia Wellness Center (includes a Spa Terrace, Spa Whirlpool, Steam Rooms, Treatment Rooms, Styling Salon, Canyon Ranch Spa Club, Fitness/Gym, and Boardroom (cards playing and board games; Canyon Ranch Spa Club treatments include: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Healing Energy, Body Wraps and Scrubs, Skin Care, Tanning, Massages and Exotic Treatments.)
  • Oceania@Sea (24-hour Internet computers room; Private lessons/group classes are also provided)
  • Pool area (with one swimming pool, two Whirlpools, sunbathing area and a Band Stand; served by the Waves Bar)
  • The Patio (outdoor shaded lounge with chairs, daybeds, sofas)
  • Horizons (Lounge & Bar served by the Horizons Bar; has floor-ceiling windows, live entertainment, full bar; also serves Afternoon Tea; becomes a nightclub at night)
  • Fitness Track (Power Walking/Jogging Track); Promenade (Deck 5)
  • The Library (1000+ books of which many port-destination guide books)
  • Sun Deck (served by the Polo Bar; has sunloungers, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf putting greens).

Oceania Insignia wiki

  • Oceania Insignia cruise ship is the line's first and oldest vessel of the R-class (R stands for "Renaissance"). Her sisters in the fleet are the ships NauticaRegatta and Sirena (Ocean Princess). Other vessels with this design are Azamara Journey, Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises), Pacific Princess (Princess Cruises).
  • Oceania Cruises Insignia ship was ordered and operated as "R One" by Renaissance Cruises in the period 1998-2003. After the line's bankruptcy, the ship was bought and renamed "Insignia" (2004-2012). Between 2012 and 2014 she was operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as "Columbus 2".
  • On September 2, 2014, the NCL Norwegian company purchased the company "Prestige Cruise Holdings" (owner of Oceania and RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Cruises) for USD 3,025 billion, thus becoming the official owner of all vessels in both fleets.
  • In 2017, Insignia became the 3rd Oceania Cruises ship to visit Cuba - following the fleetmates Marina (2016) and Regatta (2017). In February 2017, the company announced the addition of 6 more (Insignia) cruises to Cuba from Miami Florida. Itineraries (ranging 6-13 days in length) were scheduled between November 14 and December 21 (2017). Four of those included Havana overnight stays. Oceania ships operated a variety of itineraries, including circumnavigation of Cuba (with stops in ports Cienfuegos and Havana) and also visiting Cuba as part of some Panama Canal transition cruises.
  • The Apollo Group company provides all Oceania ships with the entire onboard hotel product and services. This includes administration, food staff (preparation and serving), housekeeping staff, also the vessel's provisioning and crewing. Other cruise lines served by Apollo are Thomson UK (Marella Cruises) and RSSC Regent Seven Seas.

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Oceania Insignia Itineraries

The below listed Oceania Insignia cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Oceania Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 02 16 days, one-way from Montreal to Miami Montreal
2018 Dec 07 10 days, round-trip Cuba Collage Miami To Miami Miami
2018 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip Festive Caribbean Miami To Miami Miami
2018 Dec 27 15 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami
2019 Jan 11 181 days, one-way from New York to Miami New York
2019 Jan 11 175 days, round-trip Global Exploration New York To New York New York
2019 Jan 11 159 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York
2019 Jan 11 52 days, one-way from New York to Sydney New York
2019 Jan 11 19 days, one-way from New York to Los Angeles New York$5199
2019 Jan 14 178 days, round-trip World Of Wonder Miami To Miami Miami
2019 Jan 30 162 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Miami Los Angeles
2019 Jan 30 60 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Tokyo Los Angeles
2019 Jan 30 33 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney Los Angeles
2019 Mar 04 27 days, one-way from Sydney to Tokyo Sydney$11699
2019 Mar 31 25 days, one-way from Tokyo to Singapore Tokyo$11599
2019 Apr 25 40 days, one-way from Singapore to Civitavecchia Singapore
2019 Apr 25 18 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore$5999
2019 May 13 22 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia Dubai
2019 Jun 04 37 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Miami Civitavecchia
2019 Jun 04 15 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton Civitavecchia$6599
2019 Jun 19 22 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami Southampton$7299
2019 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$3999
2019 Jul 18 10 days, round-trip Cuba Serenade Miami To Miami Miami$4099
2019 Jul 28 14 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami$2949
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$2649
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$2649
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$2649
2019 Sep 01 10 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York
2019 Sep 11 17 days, one-way from Montreal to Miami Montreal$4699
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$3099
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$2299
2019 Oct 12 11 days, round-trip Reflections Of Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$4499
2019 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$3099
2019 Oct 30 10 days, round-trip Cuba Charms Miami To Miami Miami$3099
2019 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami$2349
2019 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami Miami
2019 Nov 23 25 days, round-trip Amazon Interlude Miami To Miami Miami$6249
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Cuba Serenade Miami To Miami Miami$3499
2019 Dec 28 11 days, round-trip Cuba Celebration Miami To Miami Miami$3699
2020 Jan 08 199 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami$65999
2020 Jan 08 194 days, round-trip Grand Expedition Miami To Miami Miami$65999
2020 Jan 08 179 days, one-way from Miami to San Francisco Miami$59299
2020 Jan 08 67 days, one-way from Miami to Rio de Janeiro Miami
2020 Jan 08 56 days, one-way from Miami to Buenos Aires Miami
2020 Jan 08 40 days, one-way from Miami to San Antonio Miami$14799
2020 Jan 08 18 days, one-way from Miami to San Francisco Miami$7599
2020 Jan 26 181 days, one-way from San Francisco to New York San Francisco$60299
2020 Jan 26 176 days, one-way from San Francisco to Miami San Francisco$60299
2020 Jan 26 161 days, round-trip Bridgeway To Exploration San Francisco To San Francisco San Francisco
2020 Jan 26 49 days, one-way from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro San Francisco
2020 Jan 26 38 days, one-way from San Francisco to Buenos Aires San Francisco
2020 Jan 26 22 days, one-way from San Francisco to San Antonio San Francisco$8599
2020 Feb 17 27 days, one-way from San Antonio to Rio de Janeiro San Antonio
2020 Feb 17 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio
2020 Mar 04 36 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Cape Town Buenos Aires
2020 Mar 04 11 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires$5199
2020 Mar 15 25 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town Rio de Janeiro
2020 Apr 09 30 days, one-way from Cape Town to Singapore Cape Town$13599
2020 May 09 57 days, one-way from Singapore to San Francisco Singapore
2020 May 09 33 days, one-way from Singapore to Tokyo Singapore
2020 May 09 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore$6299
2020 May 24 62 days, one-way from Hong Kong to New York Hong Kong
2020 May 24 42 days, one-way from Hong Kong to San Francisco Hong Kong
2020 May 24 18 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong
2020 Jun 11 44 days, one-way from Tokyo to New York Tokyo
2020 Jun 11 24 days, one-way from Tokyo to San Francisco Tokyo
2020 Jul 05 20 days, one-way from San Francisco to New York San Francisco$5899
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$1749
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$1749
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Bliss New York To New York New York$1749
2020 Aug 15 42 days, round-trip Atlantic Symphony New York To New York New York$14499
2020 Aug 15 27 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York$10399
2020 Aug 15 15 days, one-way from New York to Reykjavik New York$5999
2020 Aug 30 27 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik$8799
2020 Aug 30 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik$5799
2020 Sep 11 15 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton$4249
2020 Sep 26 10 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York$4199
2020 Oct 06 10 days, one-way from Montreal to New York Montreal$4199
2020 Oct 16 10 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York$3899
2020 Oct 26 15 days, one-way from Montreal to Miami Montreal$3799