During the ceremony, the senior leadership team of the liner and the classification society completed the necessary registration processes.
Deck Cadet Mark Casson, a Bahamian from Freeport, raised the Bahamian flag.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said they were proud and honoured to have Carnival Luminosa join the 5 other ships they had registered in The Bahamas.
“The BMA is among the most respected administration in international shipping, and we value their level of cooperation and professionalism aimed to achieve the highest safety standards. This moment serves as a symbol of our ongoing commitment to this special country.”
When Luminosa departs for Dubai (Port Rashid-Dubai Harbour, UAE) she will be flying the Bahamian flag in order to designate the new ship registry. Eventually arriving in Australia in less than 2 months, she will sail a variety of seasonal itineraries from Brisbane from November 6, 2022, through to April 13, 2023, before repositioning for seasonal service from Seattle to Alaska in May 2023, including first-time-for-Carnival destinations.
The 2009-built (as Costa Luminosa) Carnival Luminosa cruise ship is Costa's first of two LUMINOSA-class liners, followed by the sistership Costa Deliziosa (2010). Before the transfer to CCL, the vessel (IMO number 9398905) was briefly Portugal/Madeira-flagged (MMSI 255804260) and registered in Funchal. Costa Luminosa was Italy-flagged (MMSI 247257900) and registered in Genoa.