Love Costa, Greek isles not so much, missed flight home

Costa Luminosa Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Costa Luminosa

7 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Venice Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 05, 2019

Ship: Costa Luminosa

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1209

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Really wanted to try these ports but it didn't provide sufficient fulfillment for active people like us.


5 out of 5
We are in CostaClub perla class so get priority boarding. This probably saved us an hour prior to embarking.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
MDR is busy but well organised. The food is typically Mediterranean with lots of choice including a fixed option every night less gala menu. Perla class allows us 1 complimentary sitting in Samsara, which is relaxed and of a higher quality.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Good theatre shows for a multilingual audience. Bars are always busy. Pool not used, but had to complain many times about children in the adult only pool and jacuzzis.


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
The staff are what make a cruise holiday. Our steward was brilliant, we always give them the day off on alternative days of new embarking, they have enough to do. Bar staff are superb, non stop for them but I'm sure it helps pass the time quicker.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Nice size, no problems. Just a little noise from below due to forward gangway location.

Ports of call

Bari, Italy

4 out of 5
Took a long walk along the lungomare to the end. Half way back we enjoyed our free bottle of prosecco in the sun overlooking the sea.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

4 out of 5
I have been before, it was raining on and off. Went to the duty free shop!!!!

Mykonos, Greece

4 out of 5
Pleasantly nice but very little to do other than walk narrow alleys.

Santorini, Greece

4 out of 5
Walked up the hill. Never again, sharing with uncontrolled donkeys. Full of urine and excrement. Definitely get the cable car.

Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece

4 out of 5
It rained, we walked to the italian memorial and my wife slipped on a greasy road. Painful. Argostoli didn't look too interesting in the rain.

Venice, Italy

4 out of 5


1 out of 5
We was stopped from entering Venice due to fog. 6 hours after our official time we docked, we missed our flight home. So, at great expense we had to get a hotel, new flights, taxis etc etc Delayed our arrival home by 21 hours. All credit to Costa, they provided free internet access to allow onward travel rearranging. Very hectic and at short notice. Not their fault, but stood up and helped wherever possible.

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