Insignia is one of eight nearly identical ships that were built for Renaissance Cruises. After the demise of Renaissance, the ships were scattered across several cruise lines. After a number of ownership changes, these ships are with three cruise lines: Oceania Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Princess Cruises. Oceania has the most with four. (See our profile of sister ship Regatta).
The “R boats” have many fans. They are small in size but spacious enough for comfort. The décor is like a country club, helping to create an atmosphere of relaxed informality within an elegant setting.
Insignia, then named “R One” was the first ship in her class. She joined Oceania in 2004.
This ship does not have any extravagant, eye-catching features. That is not what she is about. However, she does have a nice pool area, a spa and the traditional cruise ship sports facilities such as a jogging track and miniature golf.
Like her sisters, Insignia has four restaurants – the main dining room, two specialty restaurants and a Lido buffet. All are open seating. In a departure from the norm, there is no additional charge for the two specialty restaurants. There is a bar associated with each of the restaurants.
The R boat design has proven well-suited to long cruises. In addition, the size of the ship allows her to depart from the beaten path and explore smaller ports.
Passengers tend to be well-traveled couples who are interested in a relaxed, luxury cruise environment.
Insignia sailed under a charter for two years to Hapag Lloyd where she was known as Columbus 2.
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