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Oceania's Insignia: Toast new friends & farflung ports aboard this elegant vessel
Fresh off a multimillion-dollar transformation, Insignia from Oceania Cruises radiates warmth and character, with her newly redesigned, neoclassical lobby and Toscana restaurant, full of rich new fabrics and furnishings that reflect Tuscan culture. Insignia boasts decks and verandas graced with the fine teak and exquisite custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. You'll find all new Villeroy & Boch china, fine silver and crystal, and a distinctive museum-quality art collection that is an eclectic melding of traditional and contemporary, with a touch of whimsy.
Where Insignia sails
Destinations: Oceania's Insignia sails the seven seas to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania and South Pacific, the Caribbean, the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., Central America and the Panama Canal, the Mediterranean and South America.
The Grand Dining Room
Topped with a dramatic, domed ceiling that is adorned with a hand-painted fresco, the Grand Dining Room is reminiscent of a classic European restaurant. The tuxedo-clad wait staff serves six courses of American-inspired Continental cuisine atop elegantly appointed tables set with Villeroy & Boch China and European crystal. To complement your dining experience, soothing melodies from a classical string quartet or concert pianist tempt you to take a spin around the dance floor.
The finest cuts of dry-aged prime beef, chops and fresh seafood are the signature items of Polo Grill. Seating just 96 guests, this classic steakhouse features floor-to-ceiling windows affording views of passing seascapes and is warmly decorated with dark woods and elegant furnishings.
Enjoy the romantic, whimsical ambiance of this intimate, 90-seat restaurant that captures the essence of Italy's Tuscany. Nearly every table is adjacent to floor-to-ceiling windows for soaring views of sea and sky.
It's hard to resist the sumptuous, ever-changing breakfast and lunch buffets in this light-filled, informal buffet restaurant. You may dine indoors or outdoors since the Terrace Cafe opens onto both the teak-lined pool deck or aft onto the Terrace.
Tapas on the Terrace
Each evening, the al fresco dining area of the Terrace Cafe becomes Tapas on the Terrace with a sumptuous buffet. Here, you will enjoy dining under the stars, specialty cocktails and a menu of authentic tapas, paellas and other flavorful regional specialties from Spain and the surrounding Mediterranean. The buffet allows guests a bountiful selection of traditional favorites including carefully prepared entrees, salads, soups and a carvery, as well as desserts to finish.
For casual poolside dining, try Waves. Serving a mouthwatering selection of grilled specialties, traditional barbecue fare, salads and sandwiches, and fresh homemade ice cream, Waves is a quick and delicious lunch spot.
From headline acts to comedians and magicians to lively jazz ensembles, the ship lounges are the center of nightly entertainment on Oceania Cruises.
Before enjoying a gourmet meal, have a cocktail, aperitif, shot or just a beverage, and toast your new friends in the elegant and convivial Grand Bar.
Located in the Polo Grill, the Polo Bar is the perfect place to gather with friends and relax while you sample an almost infinite variety of premium, single-malt Scotch and full-grain whiskeys.
Grappa is a refined Italian spirit distilled from the skins and seeds of grapes after they have been pressed for winemaking. Enjoy the culture of this spirit at its namesake Grappa, the perfect venue to cap off the evening with an Italian digestif.
This observation lounge f dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offers captivating views, sweeping vistas and a convivial bar in which to enjoy your favorite cocktail.
Martinis serves numerous incarnations of this famous cocktail in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private gentleman's club, featuring live piano music.
Lady Luck always seems to be present in the casino. Take one of the slot machines for a spin or join a rousing game of blackjack, poker or roulette.
In the evenings, the ship is filled with music performed by, what some have called, the finest orchestra at sea. Attend a live classical concert under the stars, or marvel at the magicians, comedians and other headliners on board Insignia. You can also dance the night away in Horizons to the sounds of a marvelous musical group.
The two stylish boutiques feature a bounty of items ranging from sundries to designer casual wear. Feel free to browse through the array of duty-free merchandise including fine jewelry, fragrances and Oceania Cruises logo wear.
The martini exudes luxury and sophistication. Sample a selection of these fine cocktails from the convivial bars and lounges on board, or learn about the intricacies and history of the drink from the head bartender.
For a very special evening, join your friends, family and fellow passengers under the stars for a showing of first-run films and movies.
Stay at the top of your game and try your hand at bridge, either in tournament format or with newfound friends. Or gather around one of the many tables for a quiet afternoon or evening of board games.
One of cruising's most time-honored traditions, High Tea is served promptly at 4:00 pm each day, when the pastry chefs take center stage with a colorful collection of English finger sandwiches, scones and other goodies. Live entertainment and gracious service complete a very elegant and refined afternoon.
Sample a fine assortment of wines from the extensive wine cellar, or expand your knowledge of wines by conversing with the head sommelier.
The walls of each of the Oceania ships are adorned with works from a vast selection of world-renowned artists, including Picasso, Dali, Chagall, Miro, Rockwell and Erte. Mingle with friends, sip champagne and seize the opportunity to own a masterpiece at one of the on-board art auctions.
Spa & fitness
An oasis for the mind, body and soul, the Oceania Spa by Mandara encourages you to happily succumb to an array of rejuvenating treatments. Try an Elemis Aromapure Facial, which will leave your face with a youthful, radiant glow. Or let the nimble fingers of an able masseuse soothe away all the cares of the world.
After a day of relaxing at the Oceania Spa by Mandara, you'll want to look as good as you feel. The salon offers a full range of beauty services, from full hair color treatments and styling to luxurious manicures and pedicures.
Whether you are looking to stay fit or start a new exercise regimen, you'll find everything you need in the state-of-the-art fitness center. This large, airy facility has everything you need and is equipped with the latest exercise machines. In addition to the gym, the fitness center offers a range of complimentary classes combining, aerobics, body tone, dance and step. The fully qualified instructors are available to answer any questions you may have.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Pamper yourself in the spa and salon.
- Dine in European style in the Grand Dining Room with the dramatic, domed ceiling adorned with a hand-painted fresco.
- Watch the live orchestra on board.
Top dining options on board
“The interior is quite lovely, a throwback to the ship decor of the ocean liners of the 1920s and ’30s, with dark woods and warm colors, all in fine taste.”