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Registered Owner: Insignia Vessel Acquisition LLC.- USA -Beneficial owner: Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc. - USA. - Operator: Oceania Cruises - USA.

See also Columbus-2 of Hapag Lloyd Cruises

Jan. 10-2011 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is set to charter the Insignia, from Oceania Cruises, starting in April 2012. The vessel will be renamed the Columbus 2. A statement from Oceania said the charter period will last for two years  vessel rejoining the Oceania fleet in April, 2014.Nov.2013 The wife of Oceania Cruises' founding chairman, Joe Watters, and the original godmother of Insignia, will rename the ship in Istanbul on June 11. The ceremony will herald Insignia's return to the fleet after a two-year charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises where it has operated as Columbus 2. Prior to the start of Insignia's 2014 European season and the renaming ceremony, the ship will undergo a multimillion-dollar transformation to gain elements of the Oceania newbuilds Marina and Riviera. 

            New company founded  2002  -  SHIP AQUIRED BY OCEANIA CRUISES IN NOV.2006
Temporarly sub-charter to a French Travel Comp -TMR. Enter service for OCEANIA april 2004. Renaissance Cruises filled for bankrupcy sept.2001. All ships has been managed by Cruiseinvest before sold to new owners.
Aug-5-2013 Oceania Cruises today announced that Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, will undergo a significant transformation starting early next year in the largest refurbishment program in the company's history.The ships will receive a $50 million upgrade in a six-week timeframe that includes the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and select public rooms, some in the colors and décor-style found on the line's newest ships - Marina and Riviera. The ships' top accommodations, the Owner's and Vista suites, will receive new bathrooms including the addition of oversized showers and new vanities. Original artwork, in-line with the celebrated collection on Marina and Riviera, will be commissioned for all suites and staterooms. Insignia and Nautica being refurbished in Marseilles, France the Regatta in Vancouver. All drydocks scheduled from April 24 to June 6, 2014 .The renovated Insignia will debut on May 8, 2014 in Barcelona for her 7-day Jewels of Europe cruise. This will be Insignia's first cruise after her two-year charter with Hapag Lloyd as Columbus-2. Oceania Cruises welcomed Insignia back to the fleet Thursday may 14-2014  following an extensive drydock in Marseille  after a two-year charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Entered service: 1998 – Refit: 2004/2010/2012/2014/2018 - Gross tonnage: 30.277 - Pass. lower beds: 684 - All berths: 702 - Passenger decks: 9 - Length: 180,45 m. - Beam: 25,73 m. - Draught: 5,9 m. - Drive diesel/electric: 4 diesel engines make Wärtsilä type 12V32LNE - 4 stroke-12 cyl.- Total installed power: 18.240 kW. at n=720 rev/min. - Propulsion: by 2 Cegelec variable frequency propulsion motors of each 6.750 kW. at n=170 rev/min. - 2 Fixed propellers - Service speed 18,5 knots - Max.speed: 21 knots - Built: Chantiers de l'Atlantique - St. Nazaire - France - Yard no. H 31 - Flag: Marshall-Islands - Classification: Lloyds Register of Shipping.

   Passenger space ratio all berts: 43.12
Passenger space ratio lower beds: 44.26

Former Name: R-One (1998 - 2/2003) of defunct Renaissance Cruises-(during period of bankruptcy 2001-2006 ships are managed by Cruiseinvest) - Regatta (2/2003-6/2003) - Insignia (6/2003 - 4/2012) - Columbus 2 (4/2012 - 4/2014)-(Insignia 2014 - until present.

Sisterships: Azamara Quest - Azamara Journey - Nautica - Regatta - Ocean Princess (medio 2016 Sirena) - Pacific Princess - Azamara Persuit(ex.Adonia).

St.Lucia Dec.10 - 2014 Three people were killed Thursday after a fire broke out on an Oceania Cruises INSIGNIA ship that was docked in St. Lucia. According to officials with Oceania Cruises, the fire started in the engine room around 8:30 a.m. Three crew members members and twocontractors were working in the area when the fire broke out and were transferred to a medical facility. Three of them did not survive theirinjuries."  A fourth person, who is being treated for smoke inhalation, remains in the hospital in stable condition, according the the St. Lucia News Online. The cruise line said the remainder of the cruise was canceled but that they arranged charter flights for all guests and crew to get to to Miami, where their accommodations would be taken care of until flights to their city of origin could be arranged.Dec. 17 -2014 The cruise industry will end on a sad note due to the fire onboard the luxury cruise INSIGNIA where two Korean contractors and one Filipino crew member died. The fire onboard the 30,277 ton luxury cruise ship on the morning of December 11th while it was docked in St Lucia has reminded the industry that safety can not be forgotten and no matter how innovative cruise lines become safety is still just as important than ever before. There have been reports that Oceania Cruises that operated the Insignia handled the fire situation badly. One news outlet City News reports that a Toronto man wasn’t happy with the handling of the evacuation procedures. No instructions were given and no one was told what was going on. He said the only way for the over 650 passengers to get off the ship was through a narrow hallway and down a narrow staircase.“You had a lot of elderly people who were carried down by other passengers,” he recalled. Silver said he and other passengers were then herded into a nearby warehouse where they remained for nine hours without water or food as temperatures outside neared 33 degrees This shows the cruise industry still has a lot to do and passengers should always be careful. It;s always wise to take the evacuation drill and the beginning of the cruise seriously and always listen to the announcements. Food and water being delivered from Carnival Cruise Lines to the warehouse where passengers were being kept. In the Insignia case the captain announced to guests onboard that a fire had broken out in the ships engine room but as a result two contractors and one crew member lost their lives. Also while we’re on the subject of the ship’s crew many of them will be sent to work on other ships within the company and others sent home..An investigation has been launched by officials including the United States Coast Guard, national Transportation Safety Board and investigators from the Marshall islands which is where the vessel is registered. The good news is that another Filipino crew member who was in Hospital after being injured by the engine room fire was released from the Victoria Hospital.

Dec.18-2014 Insignia departed St. Lucia under tow on Thursday.The vessel is en route to San Juan for drydock repairs.'We will have a better assessment on when the vessel will re-enter service by the middle of next week,' spokesman Jason Lasecki said.

On December 24, 2014, Insignia experienced a fire in the engine room while docked in St. Lucia during a ten-day voyage that departed San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the sailing. The vessel has been taken out of service and the Company anticipates repair efforts to take approximately nine weeks. The timing of the repairs results in the cancellation of a 24-day voyage which had been scheduled to depart Miami on December 17, 2014 along with the first three legs of Insignia's Around the World in 180 Days cruise, which was scheduled to depart Miami on January 10, 2015. This modified voyage will now commence on March 22, 2015 and depart from Singapore.


Picture July 5-'03 locks of Ymuiden-Northsea canal.Color scheme of TMR




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