I dont know the Insignia, but I have sail on the Regata (sister ship)is a medium ship food and service A+, a ship for elegant travelers who care to dress to dinner. South America, at that time is summer the weather es muy bueno. You made a good seleccion. priso
I sailed on the "Regatta" last September. It is a superb, medium-sized cruise ship with good facilities, excellent food and very good service. The value for the money is also extremely good. Extra costs onboard are average for drinks but fairly hefty as far as onboard shopping and shore excursions are concerned.
On Oceania there is no strict dress code, and there are no formal or semi-formal nights. Yet many passengers dress fairly elegantly, if casually in most cases. This really is a very much recommended product for somebody who would like a major step above the mass market lines without paying the high fares or accepting the formality of some of the ultra-deluxe lines.
One thing I have figured out is that folks generally arrive at the same conclusion regarding manipulation if given the opportunity. That is why I think censorship is best served in small doses, only when absolutely necesary.
Raoul, you do a great job and the readers of Cruise-Chat.com should be thankful you are here.
but then "Delphin Renaissance" is a ship exclusively marketed in German-speaking countries, so it's like comparing apples and oranges.
I have been on both ships, "Regatta" and "Delphin Renaissance" when she was still "R Seven". There's no doubt whatsoever that "Regatta" is the better ship. Delphin has make some nice changes from what I have seen, but they cannot be compared to what Oceania has spent on "Regatta".
And then, I don't think "Delphin Renaissance" is cheaper. If you compare the Oceania fares in USD with the Delphin fares in EUR, Oceania is more expensive. But if you take into consideration the current strong EUR, they are quite similar for European passengers, while Delphin is more expensive for American travelers. Plus they get a ship with a tradional German cruise product that is by no means tailored to their tastes.
Hence, I seriously doubt that Delphin is a worthy alternative to Oceania as far as American passengers are concerned, no matter what Douglas Ward says. And since I know him personally, I doubt he would disagree with me here.