MS Insignia

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Insignia (ship, 1998) IMO 9156462; in Split, 2011-10-01; (1).jpg
Insignia in Split, Croatia, October 2011.
Name: R One (1998–2003)
Insignia (2004–2012)
Columbus 2 (2012–2014)
Insignia (2014-present)
Owner: Renaissance Cruises (1998–2001)
Cruiseinvest (2001–2006)
Oceania Cruises (2006–present)
Operator: Renaissance Cruises (1998–2001)
laid up (2001–2002)
Oceania Cruises (2003–2012)
Hapag-Lloyd (2012–2014)
Oceania Cruises (2014-Present)
Port of registry:  Liberia (1998–2001)
 Marshall Islands (2001–present)
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: GB£150 million
Yard number: I31
Completed: 1998
Acquired: November 1998
In service: 1998
Identification: Call sign: V7DM2
IMO number: 9156462
MMSI number: 538001663
Status: Operational
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class & type: Built as R class cruise ship Today part of Regatta Class
Tonnage: 30,277 GT
2,700 DWT
Length: 180.45 m (592.0 ft)[3]
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
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 684 passengers (lower berths)
824 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 400
Notes: [1][2]

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.[4]

Concept and construction[edit]

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[edit]

Beginning in April 2012, MS Insignia began what was initially announced as a two-year lease to Hapag-Lloyd, which renamed the ship Columbus 2.[5]

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.[6]

It was announced by Oceania, that the Insignia will rejoin the fleet in May 2014.[7]


MS Insignia as the MS Columbus 2 in Pula, Croatia, May 2012. 
Insignia, as seen in Split, Croatia, October 2011. 


External links[edit]

Media related to Insignia (ship, 1998) at Wikimedia Commons