Costa Luminosa sailed into the Costa Cruises family in June 2009. This ship really lives up to its name as it is filled with light to complement its bright and modern decor. Costa Luminosa combines the relaxed Italian-style atmosphere and elegant surroundings that are trademarks of the Costa Cruises fleet with contemporary features and over 5000 prints and original works of art. The twelve decks showcase 1130 chic cabins and suites, four restaurants and 11 bars, three pools - one with a retractable cover - and four Jacuzzis, the two deck-high Samsara Spa, 4D cinema and Grand Prix Simulator, and a vibrant daytime and evening entertainment scene. On top of this, the ship drops anchor in some amazing ports of call, opening up abundant sightseeing and activity options ashore.
The dining experiences onboard Costa Luminosa bring together a world of flavours and styles. Taurus restaurant is the ship's main dining room, where you'll discover a wall of windows, two sittings and fixed seating for dinner, and a host of culinary delights served to your table. Casual-style serve-yourself dining is available throughout the daytime in Buffet Andromeda restaurant with omelette, pizza, and pasta stations adding to your tasty options. You can also tuck into authentic Italian pizzas from the open-air Pizzeria. Alternatively, reserve a table at the a la carte Club Luminosa for exquisite steaks and seafood or choose light and healthy options from the menu in Samsara Restaurant.
Savour traditional coffees and chocolate-based delights in Sirius Cafè. Lido Delphinus and Lido Dorado pool bars ensure you don't have to wander too far for liquid refreshment by the water's edge. The sports-themed Scuderia Costa Bar is next to the Grand Prix simulator and serves a selection of ice-cold drinks. Grand Bar Elettra comes with a dance floor, bar and stage and hosts activities, fashion shows, quizzes, and dancing. Sip cocktails as you enjoy piano music and live entertainment at Antares Piano Bar or spend your winnings on a glass of bubbly at Vega Bar alongside the casino. Enjoy vintage cognacs and cigars in the elegant surrounds of Rigel Cigar Lounge. Virgo and Libra Lounges are both perfect for after-dinner cocktails and karaoke.
Day or night, there's plenty to entertain you on Costa Luminosa. During the daytime, unwind with a full-body massage at Samsara Spa or soak up the sun on deck. Try your hand at on board skating at the Skorpion Quadline roller track or improve your swing at the virtual golf centre. Discover fun times for tots to teens in the Squok Club, splash pool, and at the Grand Prix simulator. After dinner, the three-deck high Phoenix Theatre presents an eclectic line-up of live music, shows, slapstick comedy, and musical extravaganzas. Enjoy the latest film shows on screen at the 4D cinema or under the main pool's magrodome. Take a chance with Lady Luck at the slot machines and gaming tables of Casino Vega. Bring your day to a close in style with dancing until the small hours in the Altaire Disco.
Days 1 - 2: UK to Venice, Italy
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Venice and make your way to the 4* Hotel Delfino^ for your overnight stay. After check out, make your way to Venice port for embarkation onboard Costa Luminosa for your Mediterranean cruise.
Day 3: Bari, Italy
The large port city of Bari is situated on the Adriatic coast in the Italian region of Puglia. Discover ancient Old Bari; this unmissable mediaeval neighbourhood is best explored on foot. Get lost in the maze of Bari Vecchia and make sure to visit the iconic Basilica of Saint Nicholas to catch a glimpse of its gold ceiling and eye-catching cathedra of Bishop Elias. Stroll along the waterfront and explore the Fortino of Saint Antony, or visit the local art gallery; this interesting building was once an old fort. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and taste traditional Italian cuisine including pasta, pizza, and a selection of meats.
Day 5: Athens, Greece
Athens — Greece's capital city — was the birthplace of democracy and western civilisation. The city features numerous 5th-century landmarks including the former temple of Parthenon and the Acropolis, an ancient citadel that sits on a hilltop overlooking the Plaka district. The historic Plaka neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the world and features winding streets lined with family-run bars and restaurants.
Day 6: Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
The sleepy fishing port of Katakolon sits on the west coast of the Peloponnese, close to Pyrgos. The port is gateway to one of Greece's most famous landmarks - Olympia. Visit the ancient ruins of the Olympic Stadium where the sacred flame is lit each Olympic year. Pay a visit to the remains of the 7th-century BC Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus. Admire the classical, Roman and Greek treasures at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Pay a visit to the Mercouri Estate Winery to enjoy a wine tour and taste the wine.
Day 7: Split, Croatia
Split, on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, is the country's second-largest city. It's popular for its golden beaches and bustling centre — which was built around the fourth-century Diocletian's Palace. Today, the palace remains a central part of Split's heritage after its transformation into a variety of houses, flats, churches, and chapels. Stroll through the centre to admire the towering Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 13th-century oak doors that tell the story of Christ. The Riva waterfront promenade runs the length of the old town and is the perfect place to stop for lunch. See cascading waterfalls at Krka National Park or relax and snorkel on the beach of Brac Island before departing.
Day 8: Venice to UK
Your cruise comes to an end in Venice where you disembark the ship and make your way to the airport for your flight home.