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I booked this cruise because of the itinerary and the very good price. We have been on several other cruises in the Carnival brand i.e Cunard X1 Princess X4 and Carnival X1 plus also NCL X2 and Royal Caribbean X1 . I was expecting some compromises due to the very keen price... what I wasn't expecting was the constant penny pinching for example no tap water or coffee with meals outside of the breakfast time without additional charge.It is also the most aggressive sale of Drinks packages I have ever seen 30 euros per day plus...you have to drink a lot to make that worthwhile and many people were. The ship itself was very clean and high standard certainly having the Italian sparkle. I knew about the compromises on the multi language being mainly European clientele my wife and I were okay with that. The menu is European focused and we really liked the menu in the formal dining room (I like pasta and Italian and sea food) however the buffet was very limited choice compared to other ships and much more restrictive hours presumably to keep costs down... it was even additional charge for pizza!. Entertainment by the formal ships company was good but several of the nights were just Karaoke by the ships entertainment crew in Butlins red coat style not really cruising standard by any stretch. Trieste Easy walk and okay for 4 hours not fantastic but ok. Corfu 2.5 Km into town not really enough time allowed here... we arrived late and due to weather only 3 hrs so did not see much beyond the immediate town. Katakolon good trip to Olympia for 15 euros with Costa...and enough time to see. Mykanos landing by tender but nice place and decent time allowed. Dubrovnik...this was missed out and went to Kotor in Montenegro instead which was lovely. In summary great potential but I do not think we will be cruising Costa again.... an inclusive drinks package would remove some of the grumbles on penny pinching.

Lovely ship shame about the constant penny pinching..OK if you have drinks incl.

Costa Luminosa Cruise Review by garryp

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Inside Classic
I booked this cruise because of the itinerary and the very good price. We have been on several other cruises in the Carnival brand i.e Cunard X1 Princess X4 and Carnival X1 plus also NCL X2 and Royal Caribbean X1 . I was expecting some compromises due to the very keen price... what I wasn't expecting was the constant penny pinching for example no tap water or coffee with meals outside of the breakfast time without additional charge.It is also the most aggressive sale of Drinks packages I have ever seen 30 euros per day plus...you have to drink a lot to make that worthwhile and many people were.

The ship itself was very clean and high standard certainly having the Italian sparkle. I knew about the compromises on the multi language being mainly European clientele my wife and I were okay with that. The menu is European focused and we really liked the menu in the formal dining room (I like pasta and Italian and sea food) however the buffet was very limited choice compared to other ships and much more restrictive hours presumably to keep costs down... it was even additional charge for pizza!.

Entertainment by the formal ships company was good but several of the nights were just Karaoke by the ships entertainment crew in Butlins red coat style not really cruising standard by any stretch.

Trieste

Easy walk and okay for 4 hours not fantastic but ok.

Corfu

2.5 Km into town not really enough time allowed here... we arrived late and due to weather only 3 hrs so did not see much beyond the immediate town.

Katakolon

good trip to Olympia for 15 euros with Costa...and enough time to see.

Mykanos

landing by tender but nice place and decent time allowed.

Dubrovnik...this was missed out and went to Kotor in Montenegro instead which was lovely.

In summary great potential but I do not think we will be cruising Costa again.... an inclusive drinks package would remove some of the grumbles on penny pinching.
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Cabin IC 5271
Cabin was spacious clean comfortable, no excessive noise and was best part of the cruise. In cabin TV entertainment in english was almost non existent... BBC World News only. Many channels showing american or English programs films but all dubbed into Italian.
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