Oceania Cruises 1998-built Insignia is the first of the line’s quartet of nearly identical Regatta-class ships to receive a stem-to-stern makeover that has been fancifully billed as their “re-inspiration.”
Once bedecked in Edwardian-style trappings that were often likened to the Titanic, the remodeled Insignia now exudes a chicly contemporary elegance. Gone are the fussy filigrees, gilded lighting fixtures, baroque fabrics and renaissance-style frescoes in favor of a lighter, brighter palate, modern artworks, crystal chandeliers and even a wall of hand-blown glass.
At 30,277 gross tons and with a capacity for just 684 guests, the Insignia is much smaller than most of today’s large cruise ships. And in lieu of glitzy Vegas-style distractions, the ship is known for its intimate, low-key atmosphere, epicurean cuisine and emphasis on cultural enrichment.
Oceania’s other three regatta class ships, the Regatta, Sirena and Nautica will all receive similar transformations by 2020.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the “re-inspired” Insignia.
And check out one of Oceania’s larger Oceania-class ships, the Marina, below.
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