Costa Luminosa Cruise Review by brunolug
In September/October 2011, Costa LUMINOSA is sailing on a pretty new route: 10 days/9 nights from Savona to Malaga, Casablanca, Cadiz, Lisboa, Valencia, Barcellona, and back to Savona. Everywhere there was sufficient time for the land-excursions (which we did individually); only in Barcellona a few hours more would have been appreciated. Fantastic weather (26° up to 33°), very calm sea and ocean. We already knew Costa DELIZIOSA, and this one is just the twin-sister. Beautiful ship. Plenty of space on the various decks for sunbathing. Food was good but not extraordinary. It seems that COSTA has started a cost-saving programme (at least on this ship). An insufficient number of waiters was attending the seated lunch and dinner guests (75' for lunch and 120' for dinner is too long). The majority of the waiters were inexperienced and spoke hardly any English or Italian. Since I have already booked 2 cruises with COSTA in 2012, I hope very much that the outlined quality deficiency is just an exception, and is not about to become the rule with COSTA. Otherwise we can recommend this ship and this cruise to everybody. Since we paid in EURO (and not in Swiss Francs) the cruise cost turned out to be reasonable. A last word on the buffet (for lunch): very poor, bad quality, a real "factory canteen".
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Deck 4 in the middle of the ship is a good location. We had requested the same cabin (no. 4272) which we had on Costa DELIZIOSA in 2009, and luckily we got it. The view is obstructed by the life-boat but we do not care. Excellent bed, usual bathroom (shower), not particularly noisy. Very good chamber-maid (a young lady from China).
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From a previous cruise I knew already the Sagrada Familia and the "Gothic District". Therefore we took the "double-Decker" of Bus Touristic for EURO 18 and did the "West Route". We left the bus at the Plaza de Catalunya and walked down the Ramblas to Columbus statue, and eventually - walking - back to the COSTA pier. As mentioned 3 1/2 hours for this excursion is too little, but the stop-over was just 4 hours. Barcelona is a beautiful town that would require 3 full days to visit.
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