Insignia rejoins Oceania fleet

By Johanna Jainchill

Baristas on the Insignia.The 684-passenger Insignia returned to Oceania Cruises' fleet Thursday after a two-year charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The Insignia underwent a $50 million refurbishment during an extensive drydock prior to rejoining the fleet, giving the ship many of the interior design elements from Oceania's newest vessels, the Marina and Riviera, Oceania said.

The upgrades are part of the largest refurbishment program in the cruise line's history, which will see the renovation of all three of its original sister-ship trio over a six-week period; the Nautica and Regatta go into drydock over the next month.

In addition to new furnishings and decor in all public rooms and cabins, the Insignia has several new areas, including the Baristas coffee bar, a cook-to-order grill at Terrace Cafe and a new miniature golf course and shuffleboard courts on the Sports Deck.

In preparation for two 180-day cruises departing in 2015, a version of the Artist Loft enrichment center from the newer ships, where artists offer classes to passengers, was also added to the Insignia.

The Insignia departed today on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise; it will reposition to Miami in the fall and offer Caribbean cruises.

Follow Johanna Jainchill on Twitter @jjainchilltw.

This story was corrected to say that Insignia will reposition to Miami in the fall.

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