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Jun 18, 2016

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.

Nov 14, 2014

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!

Jul 02, 2018

Beautiful ship and very international. Met people from all over, but many spoke English.

Jun 02, 2018

Use another cruise line.

May 31, 2018

Read information sheets delivered to your room mailbox.

May 30, 2018

Make sure you fully understand all of the extras you will have to pay for on board.

Dec 05, 2017

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.

Nov 29, 2017

The itinerary is amazing but keep the expectations low when it comes to food and entertainment, at least for everyone younger than 50.

Aug 17, 2017

Get a cabin with a balcony.

Aug 09, 2017

Bring your own bottled water. Its hard to come by on the ship. Also, don't expect the dining experience you find on other cruise lines. Costa encourages you to spend more money in their exclusive dining areas to receive the best food. Save your money for the ports of call where the food is amazing.

Jul 04, 2017

It is worth going on the planned excursions.

Jun 27, 2017

Bring lots of extra cash for food. Drinks are limited to piss warm water. Food service hours very limited. No free food after 9pm. Over priced drink packages. Br prepared for incredibly short port times.

Jul 14, 2016

ship is ok building wise.

Jun 08, 2016

Ask them prior to the cruise what the evening themes will be so you can bring appropriate dress to join in the fun.

Jun 01, 2016

Book excursions thru United Cruises or an outside tour company, you will get smaller groups and more personalized tours.

Jun 30, 2015

Make golf simulator cheaper to use as it's not very best in class and quite expensive to play.

Jun 22, 2015

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.

Jun 02, 2015

Basically you have to pay for everthing even like a bag of chip. If you plan to have a diet during the cruise, you probably pick the right cruise with Costa.

Mar 22, 2015


Feb 28, 2015

Don't go on a Costa Cruise line experience.