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Costa Luminosa Review

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Why Choose Costa Luminosa?

  • Vibrant nightlife that lasts from dusk to (almost) dawn
  • Fabulous pizza and pasta
  • Relatively liberal policies for smokers

Costa Luminosa Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Editor Rating
3.5
Costa Luminosa, a twin to Costa Deliziosa, is a warm, whimsical ship with a simple layout that's easy to navigate. The ship, which debuted in May 2009, represents a "retro-style evolution" for Costa. What do we mean by that? The Italy-based and European-influenced cruise line, like many other major cruise companies, has been on a ship-building binge that produced mega-sized models like Costa Pacifica and Costa Serena, representing the biggest-ever in its fleet. But, Luminosa -- and Deliziosa, too -- are slightly smaller.

The sister ships are actually built to Panamax specifications, which means they're not only smaller than some of the line's more recent new-builds, but they're also more flexible. Because Luminosa can slide through the Panama Canal, it has more itinerary possibilities. From a design perspective, Costa, part of the Carnival Corporation family of cruise lines, borrowed liberally from layouts on Carnival's ships, with an onboard vibe that's similarly fun and friendly. It also pulled some touches from Holland America. HAL-lovers might recognize the shopping arcade and the aft pool area from Oosterdam and other vessels.

Bottom line: If you're intrigued by the ship's European vibe, enjoy traveling with international passengers, love pasta and pizza, can sing along in karaoke when the songs are in French/ Spanish/Italian (and occasionally in English), and either embrace or don't mind smoking, then Luminosa could be a great choice.

Costa Luminosa Fellow Passengers

A healthy 80 percent of passengers hail from Europe, particularly Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. Costa says 20 percent, typically, are English-speaking. Costa appeals to young families and young couples on romantic getaways, and the vibe onboard can definitely be quite active for cruises that are 10 nights or fewer.

Costa Luminosa Dress Code

During the day, absolutely anything goes, and the trend for general attire is super-casual, though passengers are not allowed to wear bathing suits into dining venues. In the evenings, resort casual is generally the style, but on the Captain's Gala night, which occurs once per cruise, passengers tend to dress quite formally: suits and ties for men, dresses or cocktail pants for women.

Costa Luminosa Gratuity

On Costa Luminosa's U.S.-based sailings, the line will automatically add an $11 per person, per day, charge to onboard accounts. On European and other non-U.S.-based voyages, the line charges 7 euro per person, per day. Bar purchases are automatically tagged with a 15 percent gratuity. Kids between the ages of 4 and 14 are charged 50 percent, and there's no charge for passengers younger than 4.
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Costa Luminosa Member Reviews

08/15
A last minute booking, but having been on Costa ships previously I had a good idea of what to expect. I liked the fact that there were only 13 English passengers on board and lots of interesting people to meet from around the world. The staff were ... Read more
Greetings, fellow cruise lovers, I write a review like this one once in a blue moon, but this time, in view of the "terrible press" this ship has been having here, I felt that I had to. I understand that other cruisers have not much ... Read more
Costa cruises are only worth considering if you can buy one really cheaply and forget any notion that you'll get good service and be treated like a guest. On the positive side the dinner service and food was quite reasonable, unfortunately ... Read more
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Costa Luminosa Ratings

Editor Rating 3.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
3.0
Public Rooms
3.0
3.9
Cabins
4.0
4.1
Entertainment
4.0
3.1
Spa & Fitness
5.0
3.2
Family & Children
5.0
2.4
Shore Excursions
2.0
3.1
Enrichment
2.0
2.6
Service
3.0
3.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.1

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Ship Stats
Crew:
1,050
Launched:
2009
Decks:
17
Tonnage:
92,700
Passengers:
2,260
Registry:
Italy
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
 
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