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Founding Chairman Joseph A. Watters and wife Virginia to host celebratory voyage.

Oceania Cruises has announced that Virginia Watters, wife of the line’s founding Chairman, Joseph A. Watters, and the original Godmother of the ship, will rechristen the mid-sized luxury cruise ship 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 interval.

Cruise Ship Insignia at Sea / Photo © Oceania Cruises

Cruise Ship Insignia at Sea / Photo © Oceania Cruises

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 honoured 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 Insignia will undergo a multi-million pound 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

Early Booking Fares for this 10-day voyage start at €1,329 per guest and include a special rechristening package consisting of a €400 per stateroom shipboard credit, free gratuities and a free unlimited internet package.

Information source: Oceania Cruises


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