On 11Jul16, the Oceania Insignia made a stop in St John's while sailing from Miami to Iceland and even though the weather was less than ideal, I had the opportunity to tour the ship for a few hours. If you have never heard of Oceania, they are a unique cruise line that has been operating for 13 years and are known as the "foodie" cruise line. They started with 1 ship in 2003 and now have a fleet of 6 that fall into 2 categories, R Class and O Class. The Insignia is an R Class ship that carries 684 guests and a crew of 400 which means an exceptionally high guest to crew ratio.
Oceania as a company falls into a category between the premium cruise lines (Celebrity, Princess, Holland) and luxury cruise lines (Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Silverseas) with a very country club resort/at home feel along with exceptional service. As I boarded Insignia and made my way up to the 5th deck for a reception in the main lounge, the décor and atmosphere quickly struck me that Oceania has an outstanding cruise experience awaiting their guests with amazing value. The crew is hand selected from top rated dining venues and leading hotels of the world so they know how to anticipate their guests desires.
The Insignia sails the 180 days Around The World itineraries so ensuring guest comforts is a top priority for Oceania. The staterooms onboard are designed to have you feeling like your home away from home no matter your choice of Inside, Oceanview, Verandah or Suite. Amenities do vary based on the category of stateroom, but all include daily water/soda and bedding that will ensure you are well rested for your next day's adventure.