Costa Luminosa Review

Editor Rating:  3.5
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Costa Luminosa Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.0
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    3.9
    3.0
  • Cabins
    4.1
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.1
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.2
    5.0
  • Family & Children
    2.5
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.1
    2.0
  • Enrichment
    2.6
    2.0
  • Service
    3.4
    3.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.1
    4.0
Editor Rating
3.5
Cruiser Rating
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

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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By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

101 Costa Luminosa Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Papageno
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Our ship departed early the morning after boarding allowing us to explore Stockholm before departure. Embarkation and disembarkation were very well organized and went very smoothly. There was no waiting for check-in. We were on board ... Read more
tvngachduoith@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I’ve finally chosen a cruise with Costa Luminosa after considering the same route, activities onboard, food seletion with other cruise line companies such as Royal Carribean, Norwegian Cruise, Princess Cruise. I selected Costa ... Read more
CrankyCarol
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
My Italian sister-in-law who lives in Italy chose the cruise, as she has only ever cruised on Costa and does not realize that there are many better cruise lines from which to choose. Ship: It compares very poorly with MSC, Princess, ... Read more
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