Wheelhouse, facing starboard.
Port bridge wing, facing aft.
Deck Eight begins with the wheelhouse, which features open bridge wings. Aft of the officers’ accommodation, the passenger cabins begin with 26 Penthouse Suites, continuing with 4 Verandah Suites, 10 Category F Insides and 2 Owners Suites..
Deck Seven laundry room, facing starboard.
Deck Seven is fully devoted to accommodation, beginning with 2 Vista Suites, 100 Verandah Staterooms, 2 Category C outsides, 10 Category F insides, 2 Category G insides and 2 Vista Suites. A self-service laundry room features four washers, four dryers and ironing facilities.
Deck Six, facing aft from fo’c’sle head.
Deck Six begins with the upper level of the fo’c’sle head, a rim of decking encircling the Deck Five mooring area. Inside, it contains 2 Vista Suites, 2 Category C outsides, 66 Category B verandah staterooms, 18 partially obstructed (due to lifeboats) Category E outsides.
Insignia Lounge, facing aft.
Insignia Lounge, facing foward from port.
Starboard Insignia Lounge entrance, facing aft.
The 345-seat Insignia Lounge starts the lineup of public rooms on Deck Five. It features a sunken inlaid marquetry dance floor, slightly terraced seating and a large bar area. It is the setting for enrichment lectures, art auctions, and nightly shows. This is an extremely attractive space with comfortable modern seating, a bright white ceiling, rich blue and gold soft fittings and dark wood paneling.
Port Deck Five promenade, facing aft.
Starboard Deck Five promenade, facing aft.
Just aft of the Insignia Lounge, a vestibule leads to two finite promenades, which feature cushioned deck chairs for those seeking a low key, off-the-beaten track spot to unwind or relax in the fresh sea air.
Starboard Deck Five Passage, facing aft.
A passage along the starboard side, the center portion of which is the ship’s photo gallery, leads from the Insignia Lounge past the Casino and Martinis to the Boutiques area.
Casino, facing forward.
INSIGNIA has a small casino with roulette and card tables as well as slot machines. Decorated in Edwardian style, it adjoins the similarly-appointed Martinis.
Martinis, facing aft.
Seating 50 guests, Martini’s is yet another intimate, sophisticated venue that is often the setting for trivia quizzes, cabaret style entertainment or, in the wee hours, a quiet drink. Tartan carpets, mahogany and walnut wood tones, wingback chairs and plush “sofettes” continue the ship’s Edwardian decorative theme.
Midships Deck Five passage, facing aft.
A faux stone and marble passage leads from Martini’s through the modern Boutique area to what is possibly the most Edwardian (or at least TITANIC) influenced space on the ship, the Upper Hall.
Grand staircase, facing port from Deck Five.
Upper Hall, facing forward/port.
The Upper Hall’s main focal point is the grand staircase that leads down in a T-formation to the Deck Four Lobby. With its domed skylight, hammered tin ceiling, wrought iron balustrades, gilded mirror and crimson carpet, the stairs are among the first features seen by embarking passengers and make a bold first impression.
Grand Bar, facing aft.
The 30-seat Grand Bar is more subdued than the Upper Hall it merges with on the aft starboard side, although it is still evocatively Edwardian. The ante spot for the Grand Restaurant, it’s main focal points are the recessed, frescoed ceiling and faux fireplace.
Grand Dining Room, facing forward.
In my two weeks spent aboard INSIGNIA, there was no vibration at the stern, making the lovely 330-seat Grand Restaurant all the more enjoyable for its views over the ship’s wake. The food and service here was among the best on the seven seas and could easily hold its own against the ship’s specialty restaurants. The dark wood tones are softened by natural light from the panorama of windows surrounding the room. More frescoes adorn the bulkheads and ceiling and the Art Nouveau-styled table settings are by Versace.
Grand staircase, facing aft/up from Deck Four.
Reception Desk, facing forward/port.
Destination Services desk, facing aft.
Deck Four concierge area, facing port.
INSIGNIA’s Deck Four Lower Hall features the Destination Services Desk on the aft port side; the Reception at the foot of the stairs and a Concierge desk on the port side of the lobby with seating for 16 guests.
Deck Four is also home to 52 Category C outside cabins.
Deck Three has the tender embarkation platform and 15 Category D outside cabins on the starboard side.
End of INSIGNIA Double Decked! Last updated: August 18, 2013
With very special thanks to Martin Cox, Bianca LeMouel, Tim Rubacky