Sunday, October 12, 2014

Insignia - another first timer

Insignia's arrival this morning marks the eighth of nine scheduled inaugural visits of cruise ships to Halifax this season.
A mid-size ship, Insignia at 30,277 grt carries 684 passengers (lower berths only) or 824 if all upper berths are pressed into service. A crew of 400 operates the ship and caters to the guests.
Insignia passes a tide-bared Ives Point on it way inbound. 
(Seen from the Dartmouth side of the harbour)

Built in 1998 by Chantier de l"Atlantique at St-Nazaire, France, the ship was to be the first in a large series of "R" class ships for Renaissance Cruise Lines and was given the weird name of R One. Renaissance did not have the right formula apparently, and folded up with its ships creating a bit of a glut on the market. R One remained laid up from 2001 to 2002 before Prestige Cruise Lines snapped it up, and it became Insignia. A refit and was followed by a two year charter to HAPAG-Lloyd from 2012 to 2014 as Columbus 2. The ship reverted to Insignia earlier this year for Oceania Cruises. 

Passing the Halterm container terminal inbound to pier 22.

The ninth inaugural ship is to be HAPAG-Lloyd's Hamburg due on November 5.It will also be the last ship of the season.

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