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There have been mixed reviews for this cruise line so I was cautiously optimistic when we boarded.

Staff: Let me first say that the staff was friendly and helpful. They would stop what they were doing and gave us their full attention.

Rooms: We had a room with a veranda which was larger than I was expecting (having been on other ships)The room was very clean. Every time we left the room and came back, there were fresh towels.

Drinks: We purchased the drink package which was very economical for our group. There was never a wait for the drinks, and they didn't skimp on the alcohol.

Food: This was the only disappointment. Cruise lines boast about the dining experience. This was mediocre at best. The dining room was loud and busy and reminded me more of a cafeteria setting than a fine dining experience. I struggled to find items I wanted to eat and was left wanting something better. The gala dinner was also a disappointment compared to my Royal Caribbean experience. The best meal we had was on the upper deck. The buffet breakfast and lunch was so much better than the main dining room.

This is now a non-smoking ship with a couple areas allocated for those that have to smoke.

I have also read some reviews about how rude the Europeans were on the ship. As an American who lives in Europe, I might have a different perspective but I think there are rude people where ever you go. Do not let it ruin your experience. This is a great way to see some beautiful cities in Europe and soak up the culture.

Pleasant experience

Costa Luminosa Cruise Review by NJArmywife70

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There have been mixed reviews for this cruise line so I was cautiously optimistic when we boarded.


Staff: Let me first say that the staff was friendly and helpful. They would stop what they were doing and gave us their full attention.


Rooms: We had a room with a veranda which was larger than I was expecting (having been on other ships)The room was very clean. Every time we left the room and came back, there were fresh towels.


Drinks: We purchased the drink package which was very economical for our group. There was never a wait for the drinks, and they didn't skimp on the alcohol.


Food: This was the only disappointment. Cruise lines boast about the dining experience. This was mediocre at best. The dining room was loud and busy and reminded me more of a cafeteria setting than a fine dining experience. I struggled to find items I wanted to eat and was left wanting something better. The gala dinner was also a disappointment compared to my Royal Caribbean experience. The best meal we had was on the upper deck. The buffet breakfast and lunch was so much better than the main dining room.


This is now a non-smoking ship with a couple areas allocated for those that have to smoke.


I have also read some reviews about how rude the Europeans were on the ship. As an American who lives in Europe, I might have a different perspective but I think there are rude people where ever you go. Do not let it ruin your experience. This is a great way to see some beautiful cities in Europe and soak up the culture.

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