The Re-Inspiration of Oceania Insignia
By Marni Becker, Senior Director of Cruise Sales, Protravel International
In August 2018, Oceania Cruises announced a fleet-wide renovation program entitled OceaniaNext. This program encompasses not only physical ship upgrades, but those that affect all facets of the guest experience. This included a scheduled $150 million upgrade of the 4 R-Class ships (Insignia/Sirena/Regatta/Nautica). The first to undergo transformation was the 20-year old Insignia.
I was fortunate to tour the “re-inspired” Insignia in the Port of New York on January 11, 2019 as she was embarking 200 passengers who boarded for the ship’s full 180-day World Cruise. I wasn’t disappointed!
Gone are the jewel tones and dark paneling that typified the accommodations previously. They have been replaced by various shades of pale gray with pops of turquoise and white. Passenger hallways have been lightened with gray and white patterned wallpaper while hallway carpeting has been replaced. Oceania has removed all bath tubs. In their place are lovely showers with doors (no more shower curtains). USB ports have been installed on either side of the bed and new furniture adorns the balconies.
In the public areas, the pool has been retiled, the Upper Hall has been lightened and brightened and Martinis lounge has a whole new look. Not to be outdone, the Grand Dining Room has a magnificent new crystal chandelier, fabrics and, of course, Versace china. There are more discoveries waiting to be uncovered on this intimate vessel. After the 2019 World Cruise, Insignia will spend her Summer cruising from Florida and New York. Contact a Protravel cruise expert to book your voyage.