Oceania Cruises to rechristen Insignia in gala ceremony

Oceania Cruises announced that Virginia Watters, wife of the line’s Founding Chairman, Joe Watters, and the original Godmother of the ship, will rechristen Insignia in Istanbul on June 11, 2014. The ceremony will herald the return of the ship to the Oceania Cruises fleet after a two-year hiatus. 

Virginia Watters first christened Insignia in March 2004 in the presence of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Since then, the ship has carried tens of thousands of guests on hundreds of voyages around the globe. Ten years later, Virginia Watters will rechristen “her ship” and welcome the 684-guest vessel back in true Oceania Cruises style.

“Virginia and I are both honored and delighted to return to Insignia for her rechristening and to host our guests for this voyage. We look forward to rekindling fond memories, making new ones and celebrating the wonders of friendship with the Oceania Cruises family that separates the brand from all others,” stated Joseph A. Watters, Founding Chairman of Oceania Cruises.

Prior to the start of her 2014 European season and her rechristening , the ship will undergo a multi-million dollar transformation that will result in a sophisticated new ambiance that imbues her old-world charm with the best elements of the line’s newest ships, Marina and Riviera.

Rechristening Voyage Highlights

Immediately following the ceremony, Insignia will depart Istanbul on a 10-day celebration cruise that sails to Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Greece. The cruise will feature many special amenities and exclusive events hosted by the Watters – a gala Christening Brunch; a post-ceremony Sail Away Cocktail Party as the ship cruises the Dardanelles; special Chairman’s Choice Shore Excursions; commemorative gifts and mementos, and exclusive Oceania Club parties and hosted dinners. 



Date                 Port

June 10                        Istanbul, Turkey

June 11                        Istanbul, Turkey

June 12                        Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

June 13                        Rhodes, Greece

June 14                        Limassol, Cyprus

June 15                        Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

June 16                        Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

June 17                        Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

June 18                        Cruising the Mediterranean

June 19                        Patmos, Greece

June 20                        Athens (Piraeus), Greece


2 for 1 Cruise Fares for this 10-day voyage include Free Airfare from select North American cities. Guests will also receive a special rechristening package that includes a $750 per stateroom shipboard credit, free pre-paid gratuities and a free unlimited internet package.

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