Interesting and fun cruise surrounded by Europeans and Italians

Costa Luminosa Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Costa Luminosa

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 22, 2019

Ship: Costa Luminosa

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7319

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Costa is European and makes it a different experience with accents and the “European way” sometimes meaning that annoying the guests is par for the course. We laughed it off and it was fun. We danced a lot. Not a lot of free games and activities. Pool and hot tubs close at 8 pm.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffet had fewer options than I expected. No food after 8:30 pm. The buffet isn’t circular at all so the lines back up more than is necessary. The first day I loved the Italian choices but the home made Mac n cheese didn’t appear for lunch ever again. The restaurant was well staffed and had better choices than the buffet. We don’t do drinks so I have no information on the bars.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
We paid for ping pong and fusbol (around $1) there aren’t really many activities. Just a basketball or volleyball court and a little mini golf (very little)


4 out of 5
It was fun even if it was because we were laughing at cheesy random stuff and the fun accents. This isn’t the best cruise ship for active families. We played a competition poolside with shuffle board stuff and won a prize but they never pulled it out again. Great shows with tricks, singers and dancers.

Children's Programs

The kids (Age 10 and 12) weren’t interested enough to go. Seemed to be better for the young kids though.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
My only complaint is staff not really knowing answers to questions like hours for the buffet. Seems like management and communication from the top could improve. Nice staff!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Big room and loved the balcony.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
It’s not so far from airport. We did JRS for our shuttle airport to port for party of 12 at $5 each. Port to hotel for $20 Lyft for 5 persons.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

5 out of 5
We got a taxi to Taino beach-did NOT pay to go to the private restaurant/bar/beach chairs You can just enter public access next door.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
We just walked to beaches both directions after exiting ship.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
We walked ALL THE WAY outside the gate to the port and got a taxi to the 27 waterfalls (it’s a government run park) and then paid entrance without any lunch for 12 waterfalls tour. That was $13 per person. Great guides. Totally awesome jumps and slides. Depending on drought how many actual falls, but 9 was enough.

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
It rained a little but still had fun at the pier after walking through the straw market.


4 out of 5
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