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Oceania’s Insignia 

Insignia: Overview
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Oceania’s Insignia gives you a great home away from home feel for a cruise ship.  Introduced in 1998, Insignia has set a standard of class throughout the cruise industry.  To keep these standards it was recently refurbished in 2010 and has received great reviews from guests on board.

Insignia is considered mid-sized holding 684 passengers, but offers a lot of the perks that some of the luxury cruise lines offer.  The food is always magnificent and you can find just about anything you want in the restaurants, all while being open seating.  While there are some inside staterooms most of the cabins offer balconies, which is a great experience if you are port side.

Insignia will astound you with comfort it offers the minute you step aboard and it will never stop to impress as you enjoy your 14-day (or longer) cruise.  With a 1.71 guest to 1 crew ratio there is always someone around willing to answer any questions that might arise.  Along with fantastic itineraries, Insignia is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone.

*** Update:  Insignia has recently been chartered for 2 years starting in April 2012.  It was by a German based company named Hapag-Lloyd.  The ship will be know in their fleet as Columbus 2.

Insignia: Passengers
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Majority of the passengers that are onboard Insignia have taken a cruise before.  Most guests will fall into the 50 or older crowd that speak English and are mostly from America and Europe and have sailed with Oceania cruises before.

Insignia: Dress Code
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The dress code on Insignia will be resort or country club casual.  When going to dinner the dress code will be more elegant casual with men wearing a blazer and ladies wearing dresses or skirts.  Insignia does not have any formal nights so there is no need to bring a tux or gown.

Insignia: Gratuity
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The gratuities for the duration of the trip will be automatically charged to your room.  The rate is $12.50 per day per passenger.  Guests staying in a higher level suite (Penthouse, Vista or Owner’s suite) will be charged an additional $4 per day per passenger for butler services.  You are able to tip more if you want, it is solely at your discretion.  If you do order room service for the free food the person delivering it to your room should be given a respectable tip ($1 to $5) depending on the item.

Insignia: Dining
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The Grand Dining Room, Polo Grill, Toscana, Waves, Afternoon Tea, Martinis and Horizons.

Insignia: Cabins
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The various staterooms are: Owner’s Suite, Vista Suite, Oceania Suite, Penthouse Suite, Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom, Veranda Stateroom, Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom, Inside Stateroom.

Insignia: Itineraries
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Mediterranean, Europe, Panama Canal and South America.

Insignia: Entertainment
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Library, Pool, Card Room, Casino, Martini Tasting, Internet Center, Musical Reviews and Production Shows, Shopping, Spa and Movies Under the Stars.

Insignia: Spa
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Aromatherapy, Massages, Beauty Salon, Sauna and Steam Room, Fitness Center, Fitness Track.