Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Luminosa entered service today. The vessel’s inaugural cruise departs from Brisbane, kicking off its first Australia program. The inaugural season, which runs through April, includes cruises to several Australian destinations as well as longer itineraries to New Zealand and South Pacific ports. The vessel, which was built in 2009, is offering a seven-night Great Barrier Reef cruise on its inaugural voyage. The voyage includes visits to Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, and Willis Island, in addition to two days at sea.
Before relocating to Alaska for the summer of 2023, the Luminosa will also offer a variety of itineraries, including three-night cruises to nowhere and an 11-night cruise to New Zealand. The 92,700-ton vessel will return to Australia in 2023-2024 for a second seasonal deployment out of Brisbane. The former Costa Luminosa was transferred from Costa Cruises in September and underwent a significant refit before joining the fleet of its new operator. The refurbishment included the transformation of several public areas, which now offer Carnival Cruise Line’s signature experiences and spaces. The ship received new venues such as The Punchliner Comedy Club, Limelight Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, and Serenity Retreat while retaining its décor and most original design elements. Along with the new hull livery, the Luminosa received new dining venues, including Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Chef’s Table, and Bonsai Sushi Express.
The Luminosa joins the Carnival Splendor in Australia, which has been sailing from Sydney since early October. The vessel, which was built in 2008, sails in the region all year and offers a variety of itineraries that include stops in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and other destinations. Cairns, Airlie Beach, Hobart, Dunedin, Wellington, Noumea, Mistery Island, and other ports will be visited throughout the rest of the year.