Oceania’s Insignia To Be Rechristened

To mark the return of the Insignia to the Oceania fleet in 2014, the line has announced that they will re-christen the ship in a special ceremony in Istanbul on June 11, 2014.

The ship will be re-christened by current godmother, Virginia Watters, the wife of Oceania’s founding chairman, Joe Watters. Virginia first christened the Insignia in March of 2004 during a ceremony held in Monte Carlo when the ship was making her first debut with the line.

Prior to the ship’s re-christening and her first Mediterranean sailing with Oceania since 2012, the Insignia will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation in an effort to bring her product in line with her newer, larger fleetmates. Once she is re-christened, the Insignia will depart on a 10 day inaugural cruise to the eastern Mediterranean, calling in Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa, Israel; Patmos, Greece; and disembarking in Piraeus, Greece.

Since 2012, the Insignia had been leased to Hapag Llyod Cruises as the Columbus 2.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.