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Costa Luminosa overnights on its first San Francisco visit

Port of San Francisco's Michael Nerney and Capt. Pietro Sinisi exchange maiden call mementos (Photo: Jake Tomlinson)
Costa Luminosa overnighted in San Francisco on Wednesday, a third of its way through a 98-day world cruise that sailed from Savona, Italy, on Sept. 14.

It was the ship's first visit to the Port of San Francisco.

Costa Luminosa, which docked at the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, is carrying approximately 1,500 passengers, mainly Swiss, Germans and French, followed by Italians and Spaniards. Their ages range from 1 to 95.

Capt. Pietro Sinisi, a 20-year veteran of Costa Cruises, and Michael Nerney, maritime marketing manager for the port, exchanged maiden call mementos at a ceremony attended by volunteer cruise ship greeters Mim Illencik, Fred Rogers and Bernie McDonald.

Costa Luminosa sailed Thursday, bound for Honolulu.

This was the latest of several maiden calls to the Port of San Francisco, following Le Boréal on Sept. 28 and Costa Atlantica on May 6.