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MS Insignia

Capacity
684
Crew
400
Tonnage
30,277
Length
180.45 m
First voyage
1998
Decks
9

MS Insignia is the lead ship of the R class of cruise ships built for Renaissance cruises. She is now owned by Oceania Cruises as part of its Regatta Class of ships, but recently sailed for Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2. She was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as MS R One. On 11 December 2014, 3 crew members died in a fire that broke out in the engine room when the ship was docked in St. Lucia.

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MS Insignia

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
684
Crew: 
400
Tonnage: 
30,277
Length: 
180.45 m
Beam: 
25.73 m
First voyage: 
1998
Decks: 
9

MS Insignia is the lead ship of the R class of cruise ships built for Renaissance cruises. She is now owned by Oceania Cruises as part of its Regatta Class of ships, but recently sailed for Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2. She was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as MS R One. On 11 December 2014, 3 crew members died in a fire that broke out in the engine room when the ship was docked in St. Lucia.

Concept and construction

Renaissance Cruises had begun operations in 1989, with a series of eight small luxury cruise ships constructed during the course of the next three years. In the mid-90s the company placed an order for eight identical 30,277 GT vessels with Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France. The first ship in the series, MS R One, was delivered in June 1998, followed by R Two in November of the same year.

MS Insignia is scheduled to undergo a significant renovation as a part of the company's $100 million OceaniaNEXT program. The refurbished cruise ship will debut in December 2018.

Lease to Hapag-Lloyd

Beginning in April 2012, MS Insignia began what was initially announced as a two-year lease to Hapag-Lloyd, which renamed the ship Columbus 2.

Reports announced that Hapag-Lloyd had decided that after 2014, they would not renew the charter of the Columbus 2, in favor of focusing their luxury product.Insignia rejoined the Oceania fleet in 31 May 2014.

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Attractions on MS Insignia


Reception Desk

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All your questions will be answered at our welcoming Reception Desk.
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Casino

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Take one of our slot machines for a spin or join a rousing game of blackjack, poker or roulette.
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Pool

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Take a refreshing dip in the large heated pool.

Sun Deck

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For more active pursuits, head to the Sun Deck high atop the ship. As you take in the fantastic views, enjoy some friendly competition on the shuffleboard court or play nine holes of golf on the pu...

Martinis

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Martinis serves numerous incarnations of this famous cocktail in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private gentleman’s club, featuring live piano music.
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The Patio

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Relaxation area.
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Boutiques

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Our three stylish boutiques feature a bounty of items ranging from sundries to designer casual wear. Feel free to browse through our array of duty-free merchandise including fine jewelry, fragrance...
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Waves Grill

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Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill off...
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Upper Hall

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Bar

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A perfect day with your favorite cocktail or a glass of wine or beer can be further enhanced with delicious snacks.