Costa officially hands over keys to Carnival Luminosa

Carnival Luminosa now open for sale

MIAMI — Bookings have opened for the inaugural season of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship – Carnival Luminosa.

Scheduled to arrive in Australia in three months’ time, the new ship will debut in Brisbane on Nov. 6, 2022 before repositioning for seasonal service from Seattle to Alaska next May.

Carnival Luminosa will be the latest Carnival ship to be adorned with the brand’s new livery, which was first introduced on Mardi Gras in 2021 and has since been added to half the Carnival fleet. The ship will also boast a vintage funnel design reminiscent of the funnels on Carnival’s original ships like Mardi Gras, Carnivale and Festivale, as well as guest favourites like Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Limelight Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Chef’s Table, Bonsai Sushi Express, Seaday Brunch, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, and Cloud 9 Spa.

Carnival Luminosa now open for sale

“We couldn’t be prouder to welcome Carnival Luminosa to our fleet and to start our highly anticipated sailings from Brisbane followed by unique bucket-list itineraries in Alaska,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “To truly make Luminosa feel part of the Carnival Cruise Line family, we are adding our beautiful new livery to her hull, of course, and are keeping her throwback funnel design that once adorned some of our most iconic earlier vessels. We’ll be adding some Carnival features in the upcoming dry dock and adapting some existing features to align with Carnival’s casual style, but ultimately, our crew will make everyone feel right at home as soon as they join the ship.”

Carnival Luminosa will sail a variety of seasonal itineraries from Brisbane from Nov. 6, 2022 to April 13, 2023, including 3- and 4-day cruises to popular Australian ports; 6- and 7-day Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific sailings; longer 8- to 11-day voyages to destinations like Noumea and Lifou Isle in New Caledonia, Port Vila an Mystery Island in Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand; as well as a Carnival Journeys transpacific voyage as it repositions to Seattle, stopping in Tahiti, Polynesia among other destinations.

Carnival Luminosa now open for sale

From Seattle, the ship will sail a four-month Alaska schedule with 17 seven-day sailings as well as 6- and 8-day sailings to port favourites like Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and the scenic cruising of Tracy Arm Fjord. Completing its Alaska season, Carnival Luminosa will operate another transpacific voyage back to Brisbane, stopping in first-time-for-Carnival destinations like Kushiro, Aomori, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, as well as Puerto Princesa, Philippines and Bitung, Indonesia.

Itineraries include the following:

  • 7-day Alaska sailing from Seattle (7/20/2023) – Juneau, Alaska; Haines, Alaska; Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska; and Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • 11-day Carnival Journeys Papua New Guinea sailing from Brisbane (11/19/2023) – Conflict Islands; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; and Kiriwina
  • 22-day Carnival Journeys Transpacific sailing to Seattle from Brisbane (4/13/2023) – Noumea, New Caledonia; Suva, Fiji Islands; Papeete (Tahiti), Polynesia; Moorea (Tahiti), Polynesia; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 30-day Carnival Journeys Transpacific sailing to Brisbane from Seattle (9/14/2023) – Ketchikan, Alaska; Icy Strait Point, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier, Alaska; Kushiro, Japan; Aomori, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Puerto Princesa, Philippines; and Bitung, Indonesia.

Full details on Carnival Luminosa’s itineraries can be found here.

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