In this video I take you on a tour of Oceania Insignia cruise ship. I show you all the public rooms including bars, lounges, dining venues and deck spaces.
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The Oceania Insignia carries 684 passengers and 400 crew. It’s a relatively small ship in modern cruising but across its 9 guest decks there is a good amount of deck space and decent range of facilities and venues. For example, the pool deck on deck 9 has a pool and twin hot tubs, with plenty of plush loungers.
The atrium at the centre of the ship spans Deck 4 and 5. Like the rest of the ship’s interiors, the decor is best described as “country house” in style. On the upper level is seating, the shops and Future Cruise Sales desk. Below is more seating as well as the Concierge, Reception and Shore Excursions offices.
In terms of dining, the main restaurant The Grand Dining Room. Baristas, the coffee bar, is located just before the entrance. It serves complimentary speciality coffees and snacks all day.
Oceania prides itself on its food, claiming the best cuisine at sea. The Grand Dining Room is open for all meals. It is open seating and easy to get tables for 2 through to groups of 10 by request on arrival. Many guests like to mix and share tables. The menus are large and varied.
There are two alternative dining venues, included in the fare. These are the Polo Grill steakhouse and Toscana Italian. The menus here are also expansive and food excellent.
There are two causal dining options. First the Terrace café buffet restaurant, which also has al fresco dining out on the deck. The other is Waves Grill out on the pool deck, serving items like hamburgers. There is a great gelato and smoothie bar here too.
What about bars and loungers? Up on deck 10 is Horizons. Every afternoon it hosts the popular Afternoon tea event with String Quartet. In the evening its hosts bands and disco nights for dancing. There is a fully enclosed smoking lounge in here too.
Martinis on deck 5 is another popular lounge bar. On the same level as the main dining room and show lounge, its busy before and after dinner. The casino is connected to Martinis, which has tables and fruit machines.
Enrichment lectures and evening shows are held in the Insignia Lounge. It’s a large venue which also hosts pre-show dancing most nights. Other venues on Insignia include a library, with lots of comfy sofas and chairs, a card room as well as the Oceania@Sea cyber café.
There is also a good-sized and stocked fitness centre, this is part of the Canyon Ranch Spa Club.
Insignia has a range of accommodation from suites to inside cabins. The bulk of staterooms are like these verandah ones, fairly compact but with comfortable beds and cosy decor.
Oceania Insignia offers a premium cruise experience in a country club style environment. I liked the size as it had a good balance between range of venues and options without feeling busy and crowded.
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