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Insignia Review

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Dining
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4.5 / 5.0
194 reviews

Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard
Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull
Bottom Line
Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults




Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
Caribbean, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Mediterranean, South America, Panama Canal & Central America, Baltic Sea, Canada & New England, Africa
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Brittany Chrusciel
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Insignia Overview

On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of the familiar attributes of a cruise ship, but onboard the environment is intimate -- and quiet. A few hundred passengers smaller than fleetmates Marina and Riviera, Insignia carries an elegant yet contemporary atmosphere, perfect for a mature crowd looking to travel unique itineraries -- Insignia is used as Oceania's ship for six-month World Cruises -- in comfort.

Service onboard Insignia is attentive and professional -- a constant flurry of greetings, many times with your surname intact, ma'ams, sirs and "right away." We never had to ask for much and when we did, we didn't have to wait long for our request to be fulfilled. If you ask for a single piece of toast to be well done, that is precisely what you will get.

Food is a main event, and Insignia's culinary offerings are a true highlight of the sailing. The chandelier in the Grand Dining Room makes the space sparkle, literally, and Versace plates lend an aura of high-end restaurant gravitas to your meals. Oceania consistently invests in its food and wine, most recently adding a full plant-based menu that spans all dining areas.

There's no fear of missing out on something aboard Insignia. That's because there's never so much happening that attending a lecture or a game of shuffleboard would create a strain in a tight schedule. For many, that's a relief -- you can lie in the sun and sleep soundly at night knowing you only skipped golf putting. You'll be hard-pressed to find a crowded place onboard (except, perhaps, the buffet at peak mealtimes) -- and that can be both good and bad.

Overall, the essentials -- your room, the food, the surroundings, the crew -- are top-notch on Insignia, and a vacation with plenty of ports will distract from some of the gaps in programming. The ship has a lot of fans, and the contemporary, elegant look, outstanding dining and interesting itineraries will likely bring more into the fold.

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • All dining, including main dining room, buffet, room service and at least one reservation in both specialty restaurants
  • All nonalcoholic drinks onboard, including specialty coffee drinks, sodas, smoothies, virgin frozen drinks and in-cabin mini-fridge stocked with seltzer and soda
  • Bottled water for excursions and in the fitness room; Vero water, both sparkling and still, in your cabin and in restaurants
  • Wi-Fi (one device per stateroom at a time)
  • Self-service laundry, including detergent
  • Fitness classes
  • All entertainment, lectures and programming
  • Use of Spa Terrace for Concierge-level passengers and above

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities of $16 per person, per day in standard staterooms or $23 per person, per day for suite passengers which are automatically added to the bill
  • Automatic bar and spa gratuities of 18 percent
  • Shore excursions
  • Spa services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal training

Top Insignia Itineraries

16 night panama canal cruise

Miami, Key West, Cartagena (Spain), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), San Juan del Sur, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Los Angeles

View All Oceania Insignia Itineraries (35)

Fellow Passengers

Retired couples, friend groups and adult children traveling with elderly parents are largely what you'll find onboard Insignia sailings; it would be very rare to spot a child or even a young adult. The passenger mix on Insignia is predominantly English-speaking -- about 85 to 90 percent American (depending on the itinerary), followed by Canadians and some Brits. A wider variation of cultures can be found on world cruises, and a slightly younger crowd sails the Caribbean itineraries.

Oceania Insignia Dress Code

Daytime: Country club casual is the term used for daywear, which is much the same as you would find at a resort -- shorts, collared tops, sundresses and so forth.

Evening: There are no formal nights onboard Insignia, but elegant casual is encouraged for the evenings. That means button-downs and slacks for men; skirts, dresses and dressy pants outfits for women. Passengers opting for a less dressy evening can visit the Terrace restaurant for dinner.

Not permitted: No jeans, athletic shoes or sandals, casual T-shirts or hats in the main dining room or specialty restaurants at dinner. Tank tops and swimwear are never accepted at any of the main venues, including tea time.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Oceania

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Insignia Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.3

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Oceania Insignia cruises to New York (Manhattan), Hamilton, Reykjavik, Lerwick (Shetland Islands), Oslo, Copenhagen, Travemunde (Lubeck), Kiel, Brugge (Bruges), Southampton, Saint-Malo, Cobh (Cork), St. John's (Newfoundland), Saint John (New Brunswick), Dubai, Muscat, Salalah, Aqaba (Petra), Safaga, Haifa (Tel Aviv), Rhodes, Santorini, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island), Cairns, Thursday Island, Darwin, Komodo Island, Bali, Manila, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Sihanoukville, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Koh Samui, Singapore, Barcelona, Alicante, Almeria, Gibraltar, Seville, Lisbon, Porto (Leixoes), La Coruna, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Miami, St. Barts, Martinique, Port of Spain (Trinidad), Santarem, Manaus, Barbados, St. Vincent, Dominica, Tortola, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Dubrovnik, Venice, Taormina (Messina), Sorrento, Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno), Saint-Tropez, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Phuket, Yangon (Rangoon), Mangalore, Mumbai (Bombay), Los Angeles, Kauai, Honolulu, Hilo, Tahiti (Papeete), Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Suva, Auckland, Dublin, Belfast, Akureyri, Isafjord, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, Corner Brook, Key West, Cartagena (Spain), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), San Juan del Sur, Puerto Quetzal (Antigua), Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Corinto, Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Acajutla, Santa Marta, Aruba, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Visby, Amsterdam, Paris, Quebec City, Montreal, Bergen, Stavanger, Rangiroa, Lautoka, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Burnie, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Albany (Australia), Perth (Fremantle), Geraldton, Exmouth, Broome, Tokyo (Yokohama), Kobe, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Zanzibar, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Agadir, London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury), Waterford, Antigua and St. Lucia

How much does it cost to go on Oceania Insignia?

Cruises on Oceania Insignia start from £1,049 per person.

Is Oceania Insignia a good ship to cruise on?

Oceania Insignia won 19 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
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Oceania Insignia Member Reviews

Sail Date: Jan 2020
In the evening there is dancing to a good jazz band (on Insignia) and Chamber music quartet to accompany drinks before evening dinner.... Read More
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Just off Insignia from an 11-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary. This was our 44th cruise overall, but first on Oceania.... Read More
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The crew and staff on the Insignia make the trip a most relaxing, care free and enjoyable experience.... Read More
Sail Date: Aug 2019
What the Insignia does better than QM2 and Princess is food. The food on Insignia was definitely better than QM2 and Princess. Especially the buffet.... Read More

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4.5 / 5.0
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Oceania's first new-build stands out with a Canyon Ranch spa, wine-themed eatery, hands-on cooking center and restaurants by Jacques Pepin; carries over 1,250 passengers.

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1,250-passenger ship focuses on food with restaurants by Jacques Pepin, culinary arts center and foodie tours; also has Ralph Lauren suites and Canyon Ranch spa.


At the upper end of the boutique cruise market, Insignia boasts Oceania's signature outstanding dining, as well as interesting itineraries and comfy cabins.


Oceania's Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is a great ship if small size, and a cozy and elegant setting, is what matters.

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