Costa Luminosa Review
Built in 2009, Costa Luminosa is filled with art, including a sculpture commissioned by artist Fernando Botero entitled Reclining Woman 2004, exhibited in the atrium. Costa Luminosa’s European sailings encompass Western Mediterranean and Baltic itineraries.
thoroughly Italian beauties are a hybrid class of ship based on Carnival Cruise Lines’ Spirit-class and Holland America Line’s Vista-class. Sister ships Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa are considered the Costa fleet’s “flagships” and, therefore, share the most exclusive and innovative elements in the fleet, designed for Costa’s most discerning passengers. Costa Luminosa has a contemporary design in a distinctive avant-garde style, including interiors decorated with premium materials. Twenty different types of marble, wood, mother-of-pearl, and granite are incorporated, as are 120 Murano-glass lamps and chandeliers and the use of LED lights. The ship's collection includes 288 original works of art and more than 4,700 reproductions throughout.
Costa Deliziosa design is also avant-garde in style and is done up in premium materials similar to those used on its sister ship, including stucco applied by spatula using the technique known as “spatolato veneziano.” Other decorative interior finishes including “parchment scroll” lamé, refined Zebrano wood, Wenge timbers, and stylish polished and glazed steel.
The most innovative features on both ships are the multisensory experience of the "4-D" cinema (traditional 3-D plus other sensory elements). There are also golf and Grand Prix racing simulators.
Europe's number-one cruise line combines a Continental experience, enticing itineraries, and Italy's classical design and style with relaxing days and romantic nights at sea. Genoa-based Costa Crociere, parent company of Costa Cruise Lines, had been in the shipping business for more than 100 years and in the passenger business for almost 50 years when it was bought by Airtours and Carnival Corporation in 1997. In 2000 Carnival completed a buyout of the Costa line and began expanding the fleet with larger and more dynamic ships.
An ongoing shipbuilding program has brought Costa ships into the 21st century with innovative large-ship designs that reflect their Italian heritage and style without overlooking the amenities expected by modern cruisers. Acknowledging changing habits (even among Europeans), Costa Cruises has eliminated smoking entirely in dining rooms and show lounges. However, smokers are permitted to light up in designated areas in other public rooms, as well as on the pool deck.
What You Should Know
- Golf and Grand Prix simulators are huge attractions for men and women
- There is a dedicated children’s pool
- For skaters, there's a nifty roller skating track
- The pizzeria serves a more American than Italian style of pizza
- Kid’s facilities are less elaborate than you might expect on an otherwise family-friendly ship
- Spa goers may find it confusing that doors must be unlocked to get from one spa area to another
- Crew Members 921
- Entered Service 2009
- Gross Tons 92,600
- Length 965 feet
- Number of Cabins 1,130
- Passenger Capacity 2,260
- Width 106 feet