cnewton157
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Costa Luminosa

May 2016 - Costa Luminosa to Europe - Northern Europe

Good Overall, with Some Reservations

We got a good price for this cruise and overall it was a good experience. There were a few hiccups, but as Americans we went in knowing this would be an Italian cruise skewing to older guests. So that helped set our expectations.

 

The excursions were mostly great. The Piu Gusto beverage package was a great value for us. But we're younger (26-28yo) and were able to drink more. The food was hit or miss, especially in the full-service dining room. The buffet seemed to offer better selection and taste which was unexpected.

 

Club Luminosa dining room was a waste. Service overall was good, except an issue with an excursion/spa situation.

 

We were happy to get a room upgrade and had a balcony room which was great.

 

Overall I think we would use Costa again just for the value. Even if on the ship there were some puzzling upcharge situations.

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St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - Given visas are needed for a lot of guests to get off the boat, definitely take advantage of at least one excursion. But also be prepared as English speakers to have excursions canceled and a plan for a backup. You will be given little notice of a cancellation.
Tallinn, Estonia - Don't worry about spending all day here. Most of the sights can be seen in a few hours. The church on the rock is a walk, but a great sight.
Costa Luminosa Costa Luminosa - If you're an English speaker, just go in with an expectation that there might be a slight language barrier and a different type of service in some situations. It'll help if you've sailed a US flagged boat before.

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