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Costa Luminosa officially transfers to Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Capt. Adriano Binacchi, left, assumed command of the ship from Costa Capt. Nicolantonio Palombella
Costa Luminosa, renamed Carnival Luminosa, officially joined the Carnival Cruise Line fleet today with a handover at Palermo, Italy.

The ship is set to debut for Carnival from Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 6.

Handing over the keys

In Palermo, Costa Capt. Nicolantonio Palombella handed over the ship to Carnival Capt. Adriano Binacchi, with additional leadership team members from both lines in attendance. Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald captured the moment in a video available here.

'Carnival Luminosa is such an added benefit to our Fun Ship family with her unique itineraries and onboard specialties,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. 'Combining favorites from our fleet and our wonderful crew with some of Luminosa’s own fun features, this ship will surely feel like home to our guests in no time.'

Cruises from Brisbane then an Alaska season from Seattle

Arriving to Australia in just two months, Carnival Luminosa will sail a variety of seasonal itineraries from Brisbane from November to April 13, before repositioning for seasonal service from Seattle to Alaska next May on a voyage with some first-time-for-Carnival destinations.

Carnival Luminosa is a sister of four other Spirit-class ships and will accommodate up to 2,826 passengers and 1,050 Carnival crew.

Existing and new features of the ship are detailed here