Insignia, an Oceania Cruises luxury ship, caters to 684 guests, with a 1:71 to 1 guest to staff ratio. For personalised and attentive service, this cruise ship is a great choice. The ship, which was built in 1998, recently underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2014, offering a modern and luxurious feel throughout.
There are a number of Insignia cruise itineraries to choose from. Destinations are global and include top traveling spots such as Sydney, Tahiti, New York and Hawaii, so there really is something for everyone. Shore excursions allow passengers the chance to delve into local culture, such as snorkelling and Polynesian lunch in Bora Bora or discovering Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.
Onboard, guests can choose from a variety of suites and staterooms. The most luxurious is the Owner’s Suite, which is lavish and incredibly spacious. There are six Owner’s Suites, which are fit for royalty, with cashmere lap blankets, Bvlgari gift sets, unlimited spa access and complimentary in-suite bar setup. No matter what stateroom guests choose, all are equipped with an exclusive Prestige Tranquility bed.
Life on deck is an opulent one, with the Grand Dining Room impressing in terms of style and menu variety, which changes daily. Other food and dining options include a coffee bar, afternoon tea, room service, a casual grill, terrace café, Italian restaurant, classic steakhouse, and French bistro restaurant. There is plenty to keep guests busy too, including a pool and sports deck, library, casino, spa, artist loft, boutiques and lots of onboard shows and tribute acts. Insignia is best suited to couples and mature travelers, and doesn’t necessarily cater to children.