At night, Costa Luminosa just glows with live music and other forms of entertainment laid on at its lounges, not to mention its three-deck main theater. The entertainment, aimed at a multilingual crowd, relies more on music, slapstick comedy and good-natured audience-oriented pranks than it does on Broadway-esque productions. The Phoenix, the main theater, is home to musical and dance productions; one big hit on our sailing was a Groucho Marx-inspired comedy routine involving members of the audience.
Other key venues include the Grand Bar Elettra, which has a large dance floor; Supernova Atrium Bar, which features instrumentalists and vocalists who play pop (and sometimes even classical) tunes; Libra Bar; Virgo Bar; Piano Bar for fabulous international karaoke (songs sung in French, German, Spanish and English, among others); and, of course, Disco Altaire, where a DJ's selections thrum into the wee hours.
The ship's main pool, which is covered by a retractable glass magrodome, has a massive screen and is often used as an evening cinema.
On days when the ship is at sea, there's a fair range of activities. These include poolside dance workouts, video quizzes, seminars on topics like "relieving back pain," table tennis tournaments, and arts and crafts.
One big hit on Costa Luminosa is its Costa Racing Team virtual simulator, in which you can try out your Formula 1 driving skills. Cost ranges, depending on level of expertise, from 12 to 18 euros ($16.50 to $24.75). There's also a 4D cinema at the Mizar Theater; the cost is 8 euros ($11). Other inside pursuits include a virtual arcade and the sprawling Vega Casino, with everything from blackjack to slots.
Costa offers a range of shore excursions, but the multilingual approach doesn't always work so well; if there are not enough English speakers onboard who've booked tours, passengers could find themselves lumped in with a tour guide who's also catering to French or German travelers, or find the tours canceled altogether. Selection-wise, shore excursions primarily cover the usual general touring topics; a handful emphasize recreational opportunities.
In ports that are some distance from tourist attractions, Costa offers roundtrip shuttle service for a fee.