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Costa Luminosa, currently part of the Costa Cruises’ 11-strong fleet, will transfer to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in September under the new name, Carnival Luminosa, and will enter into service from November. 

The newly renamed Spirit-class ship will operate seasonally out of Brisbane from October to April and from Seattle from May through September so it can sail around Alaska.

“Our Spirit-class ships are very popular with our guests and Luminosa will be a great addition given the large number of balcony cabins which make her an ideal ship for this deployment,” said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy in a press statement. “And equally important, this will allow Carnival to finally start our highly anticipated itineraries from Brisbane, so we’ll have two ships operating in Australia for the high season Down Under.” Carnival Splendor is due to resume year-round service from Sydney in October. Carnival is due to announce itineraries out of Brisbane  shortly. 

Carnival Luminosa, which can accommodate up to 2,826 passengers, will undergo “modest updates” in the run up to November, but initially will not have the Funship 2.0 branded enhancements found on Carnival ships. The vessel has 662 balcony cabins, 7 pools and hot tubs, 5 restaurants, 12 bars, a theatre, spa, gym, casino and arcades room.  

Costa Magica, which Carnival had planned to acquire, will remain with the cruise line’s Italian subsidiary. Journeys on Costa Luminosa post September have been cancelled and Costa Cruises will contact affected passengers with a re-protection plan. 

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