• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
Costa Luminosa Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
173 Reviews

Luminosa to the Caribbean

Costa Luminosa Cruise Review by BondgirlFL

6 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Premium

It sounded like fun to sail away for the Christmas holiday but it was last minute and many cruises were booked. Along comes Costa with their fantastic itinerary and price. I read many negative reviews before sailing but I am here to tell all of you and especially those of you in the US, not to pay attention to the negative reviews.

Embarkation was the fastest we have had out of 6 cruises including Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival and MSC. We arrived about an hour after they said we could embark and got right on the ship with no waiting. Our room key was in the room so we went directly there and while checking out our cabin, the suitcases were delivered!

The balcony cabin on deck 7 was like any other balcony cabin room we have had however there was much more storage space on Luminosa.

The ship is immaculate at all times. We had a service problem with the only American electric outlet in the room but it was fixed immediately.

Entertainment crew does their best to get everyone involved. There is sometimes a language barrier but it wasn't an issue. Our one and only issue was that the cruise director spoke mostly in Italian and when he spoke in English it was so rushed we couldn't understand.

Food was outstanding. The buffet is open several hours a day. The restaurant was entertaining.

Excursions were well organized and we enjoyed our very much. Disembarkation was organized and very fast.

All in all, we had a wonderful time on Luminosa and it was a terrific value for the money!

BondgirlFL's Full Rating Summary
Onboard Experience
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Sign Up for Price Drop Alerts
Get tomorrow's price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Cabin Review

Balcony Premium

Roomy cabin with a larger than normal balcony. Lots of storage space and comfortable beds. Immaculate ALL the time!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Not much to do here. Many shops were closed because our itinerary was changed last minute.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

Excellent land tour of the rum factory, shopping, fort and how the locals live.


Very safe port to walk the streets in. There is a lot of shopping within walking distance of the pier.

Grand Turk

Not much to do at this port except walk around the few shops that are there and see the John Glenn Space exhibit.

Previous ReviewNext Review
2 Reviews Written
12 Helpful Votes
Never Miss a Deal!
Subscribe and Save
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

More Costa Luminosa Reviews

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.