Costa Luminosa cruise ships Review
Costa Luminosa may transport up to 2,836 passengers (and 1,050 crew members), but reviewers said it never feels overly crowded. With 11 bars and plenty of entertainment options — including a 4-D cinema, golf and Grand Prix simulators and a roller-skating track — there’s plenty of room to spread out. And with four restaurants, including a reservations-required specialty venue (for an extra fee), guests have a plethora of dining choices.
While some past cruisers described the menu offerings as mediocre, others complimented the state of the ship, describing Costa Luminosa as especially well-maintained for its age (it first debuted in 2009). Another highlight for previous cruisers: the accommodations. Inside cabins cover nearly 155 square feet, and come appointed with standard amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars and air conditioning. Meanwhile, larger Oceanview, Veranda and Suite category cabins range in size from around 180 square feet to more than 670 square feet, and offer extras like complimentary robes and slippers for use during the cruise and luxury bath products.
- Price: $$$$
- Year Built: 2009
- Ship Size: L
- Total Cabins: 1,130
- Restaurants: 4
- Pools: 2
Costa is a unit of Miami-based Carnival Corp. & PLC, whose nine cruise brands also include Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Cunard.
The CDC inspection was Dec. 20 at PortMiami, Costa Luminosa’s homeport for the winter 2014- 2015 season.
The 1,130-cabin cruise ship is sailing on 10-day cruises from Miami to the Caribbean through March 17, calling at ports in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Turks & Caicos.
The unannounced inspections are part of the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, which was introduced in the early 1970s and is required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S. port. The VSP works with the cruise industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission and spread of gastrointestinal illnesses aboard cruise ships.
Cruise ships are scored on a 100-point scale and points are deducted when vessels fail to meet the program’s established criteria. An 85 or below is a failing score.
The VSP inspectors assess ships based on several major areas of hygiene and sanitation, including food storage and preparation, potable water systems, medical facilities, disinfection, employee health and personal hygiene and general cleanliness.
Twenty-six other cruise ships scored 100 points in the routine CDC inspections in 2014, including Holland America’s ms Eurodam and Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas, which sail from Port Everglades, according to program data.
by travel.usnews.com and