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Oceania Insignia

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Oceania Insignia, which was built in 1998 for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, underwent a major refurb in 2014 but the public spaces still have traditional, plush furnishings befitting this "country club at sea." Oceania serves up some of the top food afloat: You'll find selections from Jacques Pepin, as well as diet-conscious recipes from Canyon Ranch at all of the eateries.

What We Love

Concierge Level Perks: Book a Concierge Level cabin or any suite, and you'll get use of an iPad, priority embarkation, a bottle of Champagne, and a complimentary Internet package. 

The Espresso Bar: The Illy coffees are a great post-refurb addition — and they come with no extra charge. Order up a morning latte or jump-start the afternoon with a jolt of espresso.

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Far-Reaching Itineraries: Oceania's itineraries roam the world, and Insignia might take you from Hong Kong to Cape Town on a single cruise. That means sailings tend to be longer than average, too. 

Great Enrichment Programs: For its size, Insignia offers a good variety of speakers. Get ready for lectures from historians, authors, or a former ambassador. You might even be treated to cooking demos by the ship's executive chef. 

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Who It's Best For

The Country Club Set: If you're a traditionalist, you'll feel right at home amid Insignia's surroundings.

Chowhounds: Returning passengers say the food — including the caviar, steamed lobster, and Jacques Pepin's herb-crusted chicken — was one of their top reasons for coming back.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Bathrooms Are Cramped: An unfortunate leftover from its Renaissance days, the bathrooms in regular cabins are small and not well-organized.

Gayle Keck

Gayle Keck is a San Francisco-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

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Oceania Insignia at a Glance
  • Line: Oceania Cruises
  • Class: Regatta
  • Number of Passengers: 684
  • Ship Size: Medium
  • Launch Date: 1998
  • Refurbish Date: 2014
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