All about the Carnival Luminosa

The Carnival Luminosa was built in 2009. It was renovated in 2022. It's considered a small size ship. Coming in at 964 ft long and 106 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.7 football fields, as wide as 2 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 12-story building. The Carnival Luminosa originally sailed with Carnival's sister cruise line, Costa Cruises. Because of that, it will have some differences compared to other Spirit-class ships and will be missing some Carnival signature items like Guy's Burger Joint.

Carnival Luminosa Ship

The Luminosa can hold 2,260 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Luminosa has a space ratio of 41. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Gross Tonnage92,720
Passenger Decks12
Passengers (double occupancy)2,260
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.4
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)41

The Luminosa is one of four Spirit-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Spirit-class ships are PANEX ships, which means they were designed to be able to travel through the Panama Canal locks. Their smaller size makes them able to visit ports larger ships can't. They also feature three pools; one outdoor, one with a retractable roof, and one in the adult's-only Solarium area. The Luminosa is very similar to its sister-ships; Spirit, Legend, Pride and Miracle, although each ship may have some differences.

Carnival Luminosa Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Luminosa. You have 8 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 5 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 3 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 63% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Bonsai Sushi ExpressQuick serveA la cartSushi
Carnival DeliQuick serveIncludedDeli
Fahrenheit 555 SteakhouseSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
JavaBlue CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Lido BuffetBuffetIncludedBuffet
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
Pizzeria del CapitanoQuick serveIncludedPizza
SwirlsQuick serveIncludedDessert

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Carnival serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierrna Mist, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can see the recent bar menus for the luminosa at this link (Carnival Drink Menus).

Pools and Hot Tubs on Carnival Luminosa

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Carnival Luminosa has a total of 2 pools and 4 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.

Total Pools2
- Pools - General Access1
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive
Total Hot Tubs4
- Hot Tubs - General Access2
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive

Carnival Luminosa Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Luminosa. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Fitness CenterIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaFlat fee
Thermal SuitesFlat fee

Cruise Costs

Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Carnival Luminosa Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$2.75
Domestic Beer Price$7.50
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$59.95
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

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