Insignia Cruise Review by trippingtraveller
- Sail Date: June 2015
- Destination: Transpacific
- Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
5 days at sea from Hawaiian Islands to Los Angeles was smooth easy sailing and so relaxing and pleasant. Tours offered in Los Angeles were limited and poor. Loved San Diego and the tour. Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is an easy walk from the ship but there isn't much on shore except shops selling souvenirs and resorts. Huatulco Mexico was picturesque and we went on a catamaran along the 5 bays and swam in the green water. In Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala we drove to the border with El Salvador and did a safari. There was an election taking place and the woman running for office was the daughter of man who committed genocide. Interesting place. Corinto Nicaragua was experiencing a severe dust storm when we visited with high winds, very poor air quality and low visibility - echoes of environmental issues with ploughed bare lands during the beginning of hurricane season and high winds. Puntaneras, Costa Rica was peaceful and we enjoyed it there. Panama Canal transition took an entire day and was very interesting. Cartagena in Columbia saw us doing a tour of the walled city. The town is 1 kilometre from the port. Exiting the Panama Canal the sea state was very rough with 65MPH and number 11 on the Beaufort Scale winds.
Horrible violent seas followed in the next few days with mountainous rough waves. The roof on the Terrace Cafe fell in! Wave height was 11.5 to 16 metres (37 to 52 ft) and exceptionally high waves with very large patches of foam driven by the wind and large amounts of airborne spray severely reduced visibility. Wind crept up to 72MPH. As number 12 on the Beaufort Scale is an actual hurricane we were creeping up that level of weather so the captain made the decision to change course to sail us alongside Kingston in Jamaica and Haiti towards Cuba in an attempt to escape the sever tropical storm. An announcement was made 'for the safety of all on board we are changing course...' We headed on the 'Old Bahama Tunnel' towards the port of Miami and the weather severity subsided. A dramatic end to a long cruise but most people were OK other than airlifted out in the middle of the night due to injuries by the US Coast Guard!
250,000+ people have entered their email
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
City TourLiliuokalani Park is a beautiful park. Visited Rainbow Falls. Lovely tour. Easy walking.View All 14 City Tour Reviews
Island TourHuahine - Nui and Huahine - Hi (big and little). 8 small villages. 200 Archaelogical stone structures. The freshwater of the island contains eels and legend has it that the islanders are never to destroy the eels. Loved this place!View All 10 Island Tour Reviews
RangiroaBiggest atoll in French Polynesia and in the Tuamotu Archipelago. We walked along the village road to a beach near the resort with overwater bungalows. The temperature was 80 degrees F / 27 degrees C. Swam in the clear blue water. You will need aquatic shoes here at the ocean floor is sharp and hurts with coral rocks underneath the surface. Handicrafts are sold on shore. Known for its vineyards of Carignan, Italia, Black Muscat and an absence of grapevine pests such as defoliating insects.View All 24 Rangiroa Cruise Port Reviews
View Cruise Critic's Rangiroa Cruise Port Review
Tahiti (Papeete)Embarkation port. I think we piggybacked on another couples transfer from Intercontinental to the Ship in a luxury vehicle. Very easy transfer.View All 171 Tahiti (Papeete) Cruise Port Reviews
View Cruise Critic's Tahiti (Papeete) Cruise Port Review