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Costa Luminosa

 

Overview: While various nationalities are carried, most passengers are Italian, so the ship is lively but quite noisy, with lots of children running around, particularly during school holidays. The interior decor, which includes marble, wood and mother of pearl, pays tribute to light and lighting –


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Lovely Luminosa. by Warbrick, Derby

Lovely Luminosa.

Overall Rating: 5
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Cruise Line:
Costa Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Costa Luminosa
Destination:
Dubai

Reviewed By: on
Although we had read many poor reviews about Costa, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise with Costa on the Luminosa – an 18 night sailing on 10 April from Dubai to Savona.
The flight with Emirates from Heathrow was very good but the coach transfer to the ship was delayed by about an hour due to someone misplacing their luggage and it was 3am local time before we got to our cabin. Our luggage followed shortly after.
The ship was beautiful and is probably the cleanest ship I have ever been on and that includes Cunard, Celebrity and Princess. All the staff we met were friendly and always spoke. We had an outside cabin and it was very spacious with plenty of cupboard/drawer and hanging space. The bathroom was more than adequate with a good shower and plenty of shelf space for toiletries. Towels were changed twice per day and the bedding was changed every 4/5 days. Our cabin steward was excellent and kept our cabin spotless. He provided ice daily and bowls of fruit were also provided and replenished regularly. An English news sheet was delivered daily to the cabin.
The vast majority of passengers were Europeans ie Italians, Germans and French and the party spirit prevails around the ship. Although it was noisy around the pool area with games, keep fit, aqua aerobics and dance classes every day it was always possible to find a quiet space elsewhere on the ship. There was an unlimited supply of towels for use around the pool and staff made a valiant effort to remove towels from sunbeds that were not in use.
We found the food to be very good in the main dining room, but some of the meat dishes were not of the same quality as on the American ships. The fish was excellent. The restaurant staff were efficient and friendly. The tables are a little too close together in the main dining room and it can be noisy. English speaking passengers were seated together and this included some Americans and Australians. There was impromptu entertainment in the restaurant most nights with dancing and singing by the restaurant staff. One night we all did the conga round the dining room!
Although the buffet was not open in the evenings the morning and lunchtime buffets were very good. Staff were efficient and tables were cleared promptly. A wide choice of food was always available with some excellent pasta dishes.
We had purchased an X1 drinks package and it was a very good buy as drinks on board are pricey. The X1 gave us unlimited wine, water, beer and soft drinks with our meals. If there was any wine left after the evening meal we could take the bottle back to the cabin.
The theatre was beautiful and we enjoyed all the evening entertainment on board especially the Starlight Dancers.
There was a good well equipped gym although I personally did not use it.
The only negatives were the poor on-board library – not many English books - and a poor admin system in place for borrowing. Internet access was limited and expensive.
The ports visited were Fujairah, Muscat, Salhalha, Aden, Safaga, Sokhna and Alexandria. A group of us got together on every port day and shared local mini-bus transport to visit the local attractions. It was a lot cheaper than using the ship’s excursions and great fun. Dubai was the highlight – there is so much to see. We used a 2-day ticket on the ‘Big Bus’ to get around and were lucky enough to get tickets to Burj Khalifa (tallest tower in the world). The fountains at night were also worth a visit and we used a taxi to get from and to the ship.
We only had ½ day in Naples and there was insufficient time to take an independent tour. We just walked round the city and took the funicular to the highest point in the city.
On the last day in Savona we had to vacate our cabin by 8am. Our flight was not until 6.55pm so we were allowed to stay on board until 1.30pm and have some lunch before departure. Once again the coach transfer was problematic as we were not told to disembark until 2.30pm and our coach had been waiting for us for nearly an hour. The journey time to Milan was 2½ - 3hrs which meant that we did not arrived until 5pm for our 6.55pm flight to Heathrow.
In summary we had a wonderful holiday on a beautiful ship. We would certainly use Costa again.

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: April, 2010
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Outside
Occasion: Annual/regular holiday

Quality of Food
4

Entertainment
4

Shore Excursions
0

Staff
5

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
4

Cabins
5

Overall Rating
5
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plows, wallsend - Commented on this review

We have just done a costa cruise too and agree with all that you have said. we too will do costa again despite the 'italian' way of doing things. we truly enjoyed the food and the service was excellent on the costa serena. would recommend it to those with an 'open' mind.

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STEVENS, EARLEY BERKSHIRE - Commented on this review

A very interesting review to read. We are considering taking the Costa Luminosa Jewels of the Emirates cruise in November. As Brits we are worried about being in a minority onboard. Your information about being seated at dinner with Americans and Aussies will be great. We like a drink and you mention a drinks package, can you remember what the cost is roughly? Is the entertainment, shows etc in English? An obvious question springs to mind, regarding Sunbeds, are there plenty of them and is there a' towels on sunbeds at the crack of dawn' problem? Would you use Costa again following your experiences? Any excursions you might particlarly recommend? I would very much appreciate your answers to my many questions if possible. Once again, a really good review to read from a fellow cruiser!

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Warbrick, Derby - Commented on a comment by STEVENS (26 Aug 10 16:47)

Delighted to put your mind at ease. My understanding is that Costa put English speaking guests on tables together. They also have an English speaking host on board who can help if needed. We took an X1 drinks package - about £9 per day each but you need to ask your travel agent for it as it's not always advertised. The entertainment was excellent on our cruise and was suitable for everyone regardless of nationality We find the sunbed problem is the same on all ships. In practice it was far too hot to sit in the sun so we tried to find shady areas. There are plenty of sunbeds on the top decks, although on the promenade deck there was not seating whatsoever. We would definitely use Costa again and would recommend them to anyone. We did not book any ship's excursions preferring to 'do out own thing', which is quite easy in most ports. Hope this helps.

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STEVENS, EARLEY BERKSHIRE - Commented on a comment by Warbrick (26 Aug 10 21:35)

Thank you very much for your answers which have been most helpful. I think we will almost certainly book this Cruise to Dubai in November/December this year.

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Thompson, Glenrothes - Commented on this review

Sailed with you on this cruise our second this year on the Luminosa Twas good was it not :-) nice review Jimbo.

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Thompson, Glenrothes - Commented on this review

Sailed with you on this cruise our second this year on the Luminosa Twas good was it not :-) nice review Jimbo.

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smith, aberdeen - Commented on this review

We were fortunate to be on this cruise,you report is excellent,well balanced,this was our 12th cruise with Costa,all of which have been very good, we have done a similar number with Princess who WE feel are a little ahead of Costa. Like you we did the open top bus,at other times we got together with others from the table and negotiated a mini bus tour,however on the longer trip to the Valley of the Kings we used the ships transport Drinks were very expensive,accordingly the X1 package is a must do,each member of the party must buy a package,one of us only drinks soft drinks,the solution was, we bought one X1 package and one childs drink package Look forward to our next cruise with Costa in April next year another long cruise starting around the Caribbean,transatlantic,then thro the Med to Savona Finally,had the pleasure of meeting up with another seasoned cruiser in Jimbo and his good lady who also do good reports,his comment is below .

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