A vast majority of Costa Luminosa’s cruisers are Italian, French, Spanish, and German (even on North American sailings), so English-speaking guests will likely be in the minority. But no matter your native tongue, this is a fun and friendly ship that offers a vast range of activities for all, particularly families. Three swimming pools (including one for children), a 4-D cinema, an expansive spa and fitness center, and five dining venues are just some of its features. There’s also an emphasis on art, and the focal point of the 2,260-passenger ship is its soaring, 11-story atrium that showcases “Reclining Woman 2004,” a massive bronze sculpture by Fernando Botero.
What We Love
Motion-Sensor Doors: Luminosa’s public bathrooms feature automatic sliding doors, so there’s no need to touch the surface entering or exiting.
Samsara Class: These cabins and suites are for wellness-minded cruisers. They include unlimited use of spa facilities such as the thalassotherapy pool, two treatments, and meals at the Samsara Restaurant (which normally costs extra).
Best Known For
Club Luminosa: It’s worth paying the surcharge to dine at this restaurant on Deck 10, where the four-course meal (including surf and turf and decadent desserts) comes with a side of sweeping ocean views.
Mangia: As one would expect from an Italian cruise line, the pizza and pasta are among the best at sea — and another reason the ship appeals to families.
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Who It's Best For
Families with Active Kids: The kids club for ages 3 and up, dedicated pool, ice cream parties, and treasure hunts will keep the young ones busy. There’s also free group babysitting for kids over the age of 3 until 1:30 am.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It's Multilingual: In-cabin TV may be broadcasting in Italian or French, and English-language printed materials can be curiously worded.
There Will Be Smoking: While smoking is permitted only in designated spaces on open decks and the ship’s cigar bar, the international clientele has been known to bend the rules.
Judi Cuervo is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise whose work has also appeared in Bridal Guide and Gotham.
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Costa Luminosa at a Glance
- Line: Costa Cruises
- Class: Spirit/VistaHybrid
- Number of Passengers: 2260
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2009