An exciting and emotional day for the entire Oceania Cruises family, today we welcome our beloved Insignia back to the fleet. We are especially excited because her return from a two-year charter marks Oceania Cruises’ first season with a five-ship fleet. But that isn’t the only reason Insignia is generating such excitement. She arrived in Barcelona today with even more style, grace and elegance than ever before, fresh from a multimillion-dollar makeover.

With $50 million in renovations distributed among the three sister ships, Insignia is the first to undergo the most massive refurbishment in Oceania Cruises history. Four weeks from now, Regatta and Nautica will also have completed their bow-to-stern transformation.

Upon Insignia’s arrival in Barcelona this morning, we received a few photos that capture the stunning renovations, and we are thrilled to be sharing them here. You can see Insignia still possesses the same elegance and charm but now glows with a new polish and shine, courtesy of luxurious new fabrics and furnishings, as well as many new amenities.

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All of the suites and staterooms have been appointed with stylish new furnishings, and a new color palette in soothing shades of the sea, sun and sky completely transforms the Penthouse Suites. The Owner’s and Vista Suites are outfitted with lavish new oversized showers that are as big as an entire bathroom at home!

Public spaces also embody the new look. The expansive windows of Horizons lounge continue to offer spectacular sunsets, while the interior now features shades of sea blues, cocoa brown and mint, freshly complementing the view. And be sure to check out the new digs of Martinis and enjoy – what else? – a signature Big O Martini. For those who thought the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on board couldn’t possibly be any more serene, don’t miss the beautiful new mosaics that enhance the sense of tranquility even further.


Rich new decor isn’t the only renovation on Insignia. Innovative features unveiled with the launch of our newest ships, Marina and Riviera, generated unprecedented excitement, so Oceania Cruises has taken this opportunity to add several of these features to Insignia, with Nautica and Regatta soon to follow. You can now enjoy an illy® cappuccino in Baristas on any ship in the fleet, and with the new specialty grill in Terrace Café, you can savor succulent surf and turf or grilled-to-order chops any night of the week. You can also take in fantastic views from the upper decks as you play nine holes of miniature golf, a feature found on no other ships in this class.


Perhaps most exciting of all, the return of Insignia means that you can explore more of your world than ever before. Oceania Cruises wholeheartedly embraced this opportunity by debuting two never-before-offered 180-day World Voyages, which Insignia will sail beginning in January 2015 and again in July 2015. These amazing journeys are sure to inspire your inner artist, which is why the Artist Loft, another popular feature on Marina and Riviera, has been added to Insignia exclusively for these special voyages. Express your creativity with the world as your muse and artists-in-residence as your guide.

For those of you who set sail from Barcelona this afternoon on board the newly renovated Insignia, we’d love to hear your impressions in the comments here on the blog. Welcome home, Insignia, and bon voyage!


  1. We are looking forward to our Insignia cruise in a PH suite from Papeete to LA in June next year. Please keep the ship looking like it does today when we board.

  2. David, we will absolutely keep Insignia looking as beautiful as she does today for years to come. Our officers and crew are diligent in ensuring she maintains that new-ship shine. We look forward to welcoming you on board next June!

  3. Very pleased to see that you appear to have retained the comfortable surroundings of the main lounge on the “small” ships vice the horrible theater style aproach on the “large” ships. Stick with what you know. We look forward to sailing on the one of the “small” ships again soon. We will leave the large ones to others.

  4. My first-ever cruise was on the Insignia, and I am looking forward to seeing her again in October when we embark on the Enchanted Islands cruise. We’ll done, Oceania!

  5. Insignia was the first Oceania ship on which we sailed (Buenos Aires to Valparaiso), and we have been on 16 sailings with O. We will be joining her June 30th in Istanbul, and we are pulling at the bit to pass the time by so we can join her and see her in her new “fashion.” It sounds fantastic.

  6. Hallie and Brenda, my first Oceania Cruises voyage was on Insignia as well, so she certainly holds a special place in my heart. We’ll look forward to welcoming you back on board this year, and let us know what you think of the renovations!

  7. After seeing these pictures and hearing about the makeover, I’m even more excited about our upcoming July trip. It will be a first cruise for our children and really for us as well, being that the first time we were on a cruise was over 10 years ago on Carnival (enough said!) See you in July Insignia!

  8. All I can say is WOW! We loved the Regatta when we sailed her two years ago, and the Marina this past September; now we are looking forward to sailing Insignia on Sep 6 out of Monte Carlo!

  9. We’re thrilled to hear that our guests are as excited as we are about the renovations! The staff and crew of Insignia look forward to welcoming you on board this summer!

  10. My wife and I are doing the Istanbul to Venice cruise on June 30 and we are excited about the upcoming experience. This is our first ever cruise and have researched the Oceania Line and Insignia in great depth and it appears that we have made a good choice. We so look forward to meeting other passengers and visiting the various ports and experiencing the dining experiences aboard. Hope our fellow passengers are as excited as we are!

  11. John & Liz, welcome to Oceania Cruises! Adriatic Medley is a fantastic itinerary, and you’re sure to have a fabulous time on the freshly renovated Insignia. We hope this will be the first of many times we welcome you on board!

  12. Greetings,
    My name is Colleen Darby, I am an inspirational artist.
    I was surfing the Oceania website and was very impressed
    with the programming you offer. But, I was most excited to see that you have an Artist in Residence program! I worked
    as an Artist in Residence for three years in an Arts and
    Healthcare program. My work there led me to develop
    “Art of Healing workshops.” I also developed the
    “Mindful Mandala Meditations – Coloring Kit,” to help folks,
    who like me, struggle with meditation!
    I would love to talk to you more about bringing my workshops to the Oceania Cruises as a visiting Artist in Residence. Every year I take time off from life to travel and focus on my art. I would love to combined my painting time with teaching. I am very passionate about sharing what I’ve learned in my journey and helping people access that creative place inside, where I believe healing can begin.
    I would like to share my bio, press package, workshop outline and a photo of the Mandala kit, please let me know where this information should be sent.
    Thank you for your time and consideration,
    I look forward to talking with you!
    Warmest regards,
    Colleen Darby

  13. My husband and I met while working on the Insignia in 2000, when it was the “R-One.” He was a bartender from Istanbul and I a singer from the US. Now we live in St Louis and have 3 little boys, but we’ll never forget our magical year on this ship. Congratulations on the remodel. I hope that someday we may be able to return to the ship as passengers and enjoy this wonderful ship again!

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