insignia sunset

Life's Never Dull On Oceania's Insignia

Posted May 27th, 2016

From the moment I stepped on board Oceania CruisesInsignia I was in awe of the beautiful decor that surrounded me at every turn.

The staff were also very helpful and professional right from the start, always making sure I had everything I needed and very accommodating of any questions I wished to ask.

The first full day on Insignia was spent relaxing on the pool deck (located on Deck 10) all afternoon, where the pool water is refreshed with ocean water every day.

Food is a perfect pairing with cruising these days and the ship's Waves Grill proved a treat with meal service anytime of the day (excluding dinner).

Breakfast was available until 10.30am, after which late risers could still order room service. Lunch in the buffet started at 12 until 3pm, but I was still able to order amazing burgers until 4pm.

Every day after 4pm, High Tea was served on Deck 10 in the Horizons bar, located at the bow, which was a perfect spot to watch the sunset most afternoons.

Dinner in the main dining room was a spectacular evening of gourmet cuisine and exclusive service every night. On top of this were two specialty restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill.

Toscana served classic Italian fare amongst Mediterranean-inspired decor, while Polo Grill steakhouse placed us in a dark and woody setting that complemented the smoky steaks. Both restaurants were extremely busy, so guests should make a reservation early in the trip.

Oceania Cruises' Insignia ship cruising the ocean during sunset

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All that exquisite food certainly needed burning off. Fortunately, the gym was very inviting with ocean-facing windows, state-of-the-art machines and plenty of space for group classes every morning at about 8.30.

Back to overindulging (when in Rome!), the drinks menu has a wealth of fruity concoctions to go along with all the basics. Every evening before dinner we gathered at Martinis Lounge, to catch-up in big, comfy couches while watching a pianist work his musical magic.

Later in the night the pianist would be replaced by a funky jazz band; however, the main show lounge on Deck 5 was the place to be for musicals, cabaret acts, comedy, magicians and other cruise headliners. The space was large enough to seat almost half the guests on board.

Insignia's Canyon Ranch open-air spa

After all the fun had run its course, I would return to my Oceanview Stateroom, a homely abode with ample space, comfortable bed and a bathroom stocked with Bvlgari toiletries.

Overall, what I loved the most about my time aboard Insignia was the casual atmosphere (none of those ridiculous dress codes) and the sumptuous food.

Samantha Newman is a Cruise Specialist at Cruiseabout Balgowlah, NSW. You can contact her for cruise advice and deals on 02 8047 6200 or via

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