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Costa Luminosa Cruise Review by cruisette4711: First Cruise - good value for money


cruisette4711
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Cabin Not Rated
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.5

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First Cruise - good value for money

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

We booked this cruise with Costa really last minute (two weeks before we started) at a great price. This was our first cruise and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Yes, there were a lot of Italians with children, yes, Italians are louder than you might like, yes, the food is not perfect. Still - it was excellent value for money. And if you are traveling with children, Costa must be perfect. They have a lot of activities for children and Italians really love children.

There was plenty of food all the time, most of it Italian. Do not expect anything local. Food is good, but even during the gala dinners it is not perfect. Especially the beef was bit off a lot of times, either too raw or too well done. Service was really good, despite the miserable conditions those guys have to work under (make sure to tip them in addition to the "service fee", they really deserve it). We had the all inclusive drinks package and used it plenty. If you get this package, make sure to try the More hot chocolate at the chocolate bar!

Both pools are really small, the larger one being in the area where most animation programs take place, i.e. not a good place for us a to relax. The gym unfortunately is really way too small and we decided not to go at all as it was always rather crowded.

A nice plus is that the beauty salon offers Shellac nail polish which will definitely last your whole cruise and then some. Even if you decide to build sand castles. However, available colors are really limited. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


Mayan Ruins

(4)

We booked a trip to Tulum, handled by Sun and Fun Tours (?). Unlike our Roatan snorkeling trip this was relatively well organized although there was a hickup with the ferry and we again had to wait for quite some time on the ship. Keep in mind that a LOT of people want to go on the tours to the Mayan ruins and since they are on the mainland of Mexico it takes quite some time to get there. We chose Tulum over Chichen Itza because the trip was considerably shorter and in hindsight it was a very good choice. We had a German tour guide which made it comfortable for us and after a short tour with her through the ruins we had plenty of time to swim at the small beach, further explore the ruins on our own and have lunch in the souvenir area. Careful if you want to pay in USD, you definitely will get ripped off. If you mind then better change a few USD to pesos and pay local prices. Since we had only a small lunch we could live with 10 pesos = 1 USD.


Snorkeling

This was by far the best tour we did during our cruise. Kat, Chip and Kevin from Cayman Eco Adventures were really easy to communicate with, reliable and made sure we get to the stingrays as quickly as possible, which meant way ahead of everyone else. Snorkeling was wonderful as well and the trip to starfish beach definitely worth it. Water and sodas were included in the price as well as transportation from the port to the yacht club and back to the port or seven mile beach if you wish.

Stingray Swim

This was by far the best tour we did during our cruise. Kat, Chip and Kevin from Cayman Eco Adventures were really easy to communicate with, reliable and made sure we get to the stingrays as quickly as possible, which meant way ahead of everyone else. Snorkeling was wonderful as well and the trip to starfish beach definitely worth it. Water and sodas were included in the price as well as transportation from the port to the yacht club and back to the port or seven mile beach if you wish.


Everglades Tour

(5)

Great ending to a great cruise. Again, we managed to leave the port quite early and were the first ones to arrive at the Everglades Safari Park. Great airboat ride with Gus, even though it was a BIG airboat with 40 people on it it was great fun. Saw a couple of gators, followed by a little alligator show with the option to hold one of the baby gators (holding of alligators was USD 3 per person). Afterwards we had plenty of time to wander through the park and try the gator bites (USD 9 for a tiny portion, but worth the fun). No, they do not taste like chicken, rather like fish.


Snorkeling

(2)

Really not a good tour. We booked it via Costa (Blue Channel snorkeling, locally handled by MC Tours) and most of what we did was wait. On the ship. In the port. And finally a whole hour (!!) in a beach bar to get on the boat. Snorkeling itself was OK, but not great. The water was not really clear. On the way back we could see lots of plastic trash floating in the water, brought by one of the storms. Really nasty and makes you really think about how much waste we all produce and what happens to it in the end.
Next time, I would definitely book another tour or even preferably organize something independently.

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