December 2015 - Costa Luminosa to Europe - Mediterranean
This was our first cruise in a long time - we really enjoyed it. The staff was very friendly and they understood English. The staterooms were very comfortable and well-kept. We slept well! We had perfect weather and calm seas! The ship had many activities for our family of four to choose from and the nightly shows were outstanding. The food was varied and phenomenal at all meals. We loved the multiple courses at dinner! I am perplexed at the low reviews on the food. I will say a couple of tips - wait until you are on the boat to decide if you want to purchase a drink package. There are more options offered after you are underway. (Without a package, you do have to pay for drinks - specifically, soda at lunch and all drinks at dinner.) We did get a drink package and thoroughly enjoyed trying all the different coffees, the chocolate bar, and the alcoholic drinks. Also wait until on board to decide on excursions because more options are offered on board than on the web. But, even so, the cruise excursions are expensive, compared to what you can arrange on your own at the ports. As to internet, plan on not having it. The ship provides it but for a fee that you won't want to pay. Finally, if you take a Christmas cruise, be aware that where ever you stop on 25 Dec, the monuments you want to see will likely be closed. So, for example, we docked in Athens on 25 Dec and the Acropolis was closed.