On Thursday, May 4th, Christine Duffy (CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's President) greeted the initial passengers boarding Carnival Luminosa at Port Seattle WA, marking the first time the "COSTA by CARNIVAL" ship had docked at a US port after a 23-day journey from Brisbane (QLD Australia).
Carnival Luminosa (fka Costa Luminosa) is one of three CCL Alaskan ship this season, which is expected to welcome 100,000 tourists and visit popular destinations like Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria BC Canada, the Tracy Arm Fjord.
Duffy held a special event at Port Seattle's Pier 91 Terminal to welcome guests and kick off the season, given the tremendous response CCL has received for its upcoming Alaskan voyages.
By early June, Carnival expects Luminosa to be ready to use shoreside power while docked in Seattle. Once the work is finished, Luminosa will join the fleetmates Carnival Spirit and Carnival Miracle, which are already utilizing shore power and deployed in Alaska (summer 2023) leaving from Seattle and San Francisco, respectively.
The Luminosa is one of Carnival's most recent additions to the fleet, having been acquired in November 2022 from Carnival Corporation's subsidiary Costa Cruises.
After a major drydock refit and refurbishment, Carnival Luminosa was first homeported in Brisbane and is now sailing through American waters to embark guests in Seattle.
In 2024, Luminosa and Spirit (both homeported in Seattle) will offer 7-, 8-, and 14-day roundtrips, as well as two Transpacific crossings (RepositionCruises.com) visiting Japan and Hawaii USA.
In 2024, Carnival Miracle returns to San Francisco, from where will offer 10- and 11-day Alaskan roundtrips.