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Costa Luminosa Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

1 out of 5
Costa Luminosa

16 Night Western Europe Northbound (Savona To Stockholm)

Sail date: April 30, 2015

Ship: Costa Luminosa

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1315

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

If you want water at dinner, be prepared to be charged 3.95 euros PLUS 15% "service charge".  Likewise, you have to buy ping pong balls to play.  There is no evening buffet so if you don't like what's on the menu or don't want to dress on "formal" nights, there's little alternative.  Three shore excursions were cancelled due to lack of people requesting english speaking guides.  Food was mediocre at best and couldn't compare to food offered on recent cruises taken on Holland-America or Royal Caribbean.  Line staff was superb.  Wait staff was extremely competent.  No passenger accessible laundry was horrid. Outrageous prices for washing laundry by ship personnel.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Same pasta suace day after day and not very good. IT'S AN ITALIAN SHIP!!!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Evening meal waiter was excellent.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Second cabin (1278) smelled of raw sewage when we moved for 3rd week on board.

Ship tip

Wait for free on-shore Wi-Fi. On board cost is 27 euros per hour AFTER a 3 euro "registration" fee. Common areas are kept VERY clean. Staff constantly polishing.

Ports of call

Savona (Genoa), Italy

3 out of 5
Arrived 2 days early & stayed at a Savona hotel.

Toulon, France

1 out of 5
I thought I was in Algiers.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Excellent guide and itinerary.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Stepped off the boat & hired a cab for an hour. Went to off the beaten track places

Lisbon, Portugal

3 out of 5

Vigo, Spain

3 out of 5

Southampton (London), England

1 out of 5
Horrid traffic to & from London cut down on time available in town

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Garden excursion was an explosion of color & sites

Copenhagen, Denmark

3 out of 5

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany

3 out of 5
Stayed in port. Not enough time to round trip to Berlin & see sites.

Stockholm, Sweden

3 out of 5
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