2009's Best New Cruise Ships
Costa Cruises, Costa Luminosa
Cabins 1,130, ranging from 220 to 330 square feet
Perfect For Cruisers who relish entertainment and sports.
Unusual Features The ship has an 800-seat 4-D cinema (that’s sight, sound, touch, and scent), a golf simulator with 37 virtual courses as well as an outdoor putting green, jogging and rollerblading tracks, and a Formula One Grand Prix driving simulator. Of the 1,130 staterooms, 772 have balconies—the highest ratio of any Costa ship.
Routes Three 10- to 12-night itineraries, starting in May, sailing to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and, beginning in December, to Dubai, with stops in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, and Oman.
T+L Tips Request Cabin 8374, a corner suite with the ship’s best port views; in the marble-and-wood restaurant, be sure to order chef Ettore Bocchia’s signature baked Spanish-pork coppa with white beans, squash pearls, and greens. 800/462-6782; costacruises.com; 10 nights from $2,629 per person.