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This was a segment of the 180 round the world cruise. I booked because I was interested in the destination - Cape Town - and the ports of call along the west African coast. There was little to complain about on the ship, as I didn't experience any mishaps (unlike some others, as there seemed to be a high rate of injuries aboard ship, that were dealt with in a ranging matter of efficiency) The food was the emphasis of the ship's offering. Both the MDR and the indoor / outdoor buffet, offered a great variety and high quality of food. I was especially impressed that they sourced food locally along the way, and we had the opportunity to eat some very fresh fish. People call the service slow, but I didn't find it especially so. As others mention, this is not a ship to join for a high quality and variety of entertainment. I had seen many of acts on other ships (Azamara and Celebrity). The port lectures were better than average. Many were well entertained by Trivia, by the astronomy lectures and by the artist's corner. As also mentioned, there is not much night life on this ship. A few times 20 or so people committed to stirring up some later night dancing but mostly the ship was in the z zone around 10:30. I have one complaint about this ship, which is the lack of attention given to outdoor areas that are my favorite place to be on board these R ships - the promenade deck and the 11th floor deck. The promenade deck was only grudgingly serviced. Chair covers ripped or non- existent (when they bothered to put the chairs out) and the deck often closed for maintenance or wind. On Azamara these decks are the most popular place for people who really love to experience the sea and read a book. I was not happy at how seldom I was able to enjoy this experience on board. In response to my feedback, the general manager said that the emphasis was on food which I found a bit of a cop out. How much effort does it take to go ahead and service this area. It was truly puzzling. The itinerary for this cruise was fascinating. I knew the ports were not traditional ports of call, and everyone on the ship was very educated and willing to throw themselves into new experience of touring some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. It was eye opening for all of us.

A Wonderful 26 Days at Sea and on Shore

Insignia Cruise Review by java spot

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This was a segment of the 180 round the world cruise. I booked because I was interested in the destination - Cape Town - and the ports of call along the west African coast. There was little to complain about on the ship, as I didn't experience any mishaps (unlike some others, as there seemed to be a high rate of injuries aboard ship, that were dealt with in a ranging matter of efficiency)

The food was the emphasis of the ship's offering. Both the MDR and the indoor / outdoor buffet, offered a great variety and high quality of food. I was especially impressed that they sourced food locally along the way, and we had the opportunity to eat some very fresh fish. People call the service slow, but I didn't find it especially so.

As others mention, this is not a ship to join for a high quality and variety of entertainment. I had seen many of acts on other ships (Azamara and Celebrity). The port lectures were better than average. Many were well entertained by Trivia, by the astronomy lectures and by the artist's corner. As also mentioned, there is not much night life on this ship. A few times 20 or so people committed to stirring up some later night dancing but mostly the ship was in the z zone around 10:30.

I have one complaint about this ship, which is the lack of attention given to outdoor areas that are my favorite place to be on board these R ships - the promenade deck and the 11th floor deck. The promenade deck was only grudgingly serviced. Chair covers ripped or non- existent (when they bothered to put the chairs out) and the deck often closed for maintenance or wind. On Azamara these decks are the most popular place for people who really love to experience the sea and read a book. I was not happy at how seldom I was able to enjoy this experience on board. In response to my feedback, the general manager said that the emphasis was on food which I found a bit of a cop out. How much effort does it take to go ahead and service this area. It was truly puzzling.

The itinerary for this cruise was fascinating. I knew the ports were not traditional ports of call, and everyone on the ship was very educated and willing to throw themselves into new experience of touring some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. It was eye opening for all of us.
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