Costa Luminosa Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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7+ cruises

Review
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Pay for water??

Sail Date: April 30, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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 Quality
Food and Dining
Same pasta suace day after day and not very good. IT'S AN ITALIAN SHIP!!!
Cabin / Stateroom
Second cabin (1278) smelled of raw sewage when we moved for 3rd week on board.
Service and Staff
Evening meal waiter was excellent.
Entertainment
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
See above. 3 shore excursions were cancelled.
Savona (Genoa), Italy
Arrived 2 days early & stayed at a Savona hotel.
Toulon, France
I thought I was in Algiers.
Barcelona, Spain
Excellent guide and itinerary.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Stepped off the boat & hired a cab for an hour. Went to off the beaten track places
Lisbon, Portugal
Vigo, Spain
Southampton (London), England
Horrid traffic to & from London cut down on time available in town
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Garden excursion was an explosion of color & sites
Copenhagen, Denmark
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Stayed in port. Not enough time to round trip to Berlin & see sites.
Stockholm, Sweden

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.



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