I loved the evening dining and the activities. The cruises would have been better if we could have spent more time in the port cities. The hospitality desk did their best to help us know how to get around at the destinations, but they had never been there themselves and knew only what they could pull off the internet. It would be great if the staff had first hand knowledge of the destinations. None of the staff did except the cruise director.
Total Passengers: 2260
Total Crew: 1050
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.15
Built: Apr 2009
Number of Decks: 11
Total Cabins: 1130
Cabin Categories: 13
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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.
if internet access is important be careful!! The wifi charges were extremely expensive but the internet service was VERY slow! Not worth the price at all! And the support when I had problems was non-existent! Try an internet cafe at port!
Do not book shore excursions directly with the Luminosa. We found that in each port, we were able to book the exact same tour for a third of the price charged on board the ship. If you are visiting Bari, Italy, Costa will charge you 7 euro 95/ person for a transfer from the ship to the city. Avoid this unnecessary cost. The walk from the ship to the city takes about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace. We learned this after we had been gypped. Don't make a similar mistake. In general, Costa charged for simple amenities which were included free of charge on every other line we sailed with. The tendency to nickle and dime guests gets old very quickly. The cruise line's aim is obviously to make money, and while I'm no economist, I would say it is going about it in the wrong way. Savvy consumers simply make the choice to cruise with another line in future, or, like my husband and I did, refuse to patronize any of the services on board the ship and wait until the port stop to spend their money. Either way, ultimately, the cruise line loses.