Insignia in Split, Croatia, October 2011.
|Name:||R One (1998–2003)
Columbus 2 (2012–2014)
|Owner:||Renaissance Cruises (1998–2001)
Oceania Cruises (2006–present)
|Operator:||Renaissance Cruises (1998–2001)
laid up (2001–2002)
Oceania Cruises (2003–2012)
Oceania Cruises (2014-Present)
|Port of registry:|| Liberia (1998–2001)
Marshall Islands (2001–present)
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France|
|Identification:||Call sign: V7DM2
IMO number: 9156462
MMSI number: 538001663
|Class & type:||Built as R class cruise ship Today part of Regatta Class|
|Length:||180.45 m (592.0 ft)|
|Beam:||25.73 m (84.4 ft)|
|Draught:||5.95 m (19.5 ft)|
|Decks:||9 (passenger accessible)|
|Installed power:||4 × Wärtsilä 12V32 diesels
combined 13500 kW
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Capacity:||684 passengers (lower berths)
824 passengers (all berths)
Insignia is an R class cruise ship built for Renaissance cruises. She is owned by Oceania Cruises where she is part of their Regatta Class. She most recently sailed in for Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2. She was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as MS R One.
Concept and construction
Renaissance Cruises had begun operations in 1989, with a series of eight small luxury cruise ships constructed during the course of the next three years. In the mid-90s the company placed an order for eight identical 30,277 GT vessels with Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France. The first ship in the series, MS R One, was delivered in June 1998, followed by R Two in November of the same year.
Lease to Hapag-Lloyd
Reports announced that Hapag-Lloyd had decided that after 2014, they would not renew the charter of the Columbus 2, in favor of focusing their luxury product.
It was announced by Oceania, that the Insignia will rejoin the fleet in May 2014.
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