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Costa Luminosa Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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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.


Passengers : 2,260
Crew : 1,050
Passenger to Crew : 2.15:1
Launched : 2009
Shore Excursions : 304

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.

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Where does Costa Luminosa sail from?

Costa Luminosa departs from Marseille, Genoa, Barcelona, Venice, Buenos Aires, Dubrovnik, Rome, and Civitavecchia

How much does it cost to go on Costa Luminosa?

Cruises on Costa Luminosa start from $781 per person.
Costa Luminosa Cruiser Reviews

Our mystery cruise was an adventure.

I felt quite safe on the Costa Luminosa where disinfecting was done repeatedly every day.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Luminosa to the Caribbean

Along comes Costa with their fantastic itinerary and price.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

An honest review...

Well done Costa Luminosa!Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Great Value

I have traveled the last two years with Viking and had 3 previous cruses with different lines and I have to admit that my experience with Costa on the Luminosa exceeded my expectations.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 80s

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