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Panorama Review

Panorama
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  • Small-ship ambiance
  • Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
  • All outside cabins

Panorama Overview

By Gayle Keck, Cruise Critic contributor

Launched in 1993 and renovated in 2008 -- with additional upgrades to the bathrooms, public areas and some cabins in 2014 -- Panorama is a three-masted sailing ship that can accommodate up to 49 passengers.

Panorama's 25 cabins are spread out across the Upper, Main and Lower Decks, with the majority on the Lower Deck. All are outside cabins. Upper and Main Deck cabins have windows, while lower-deck accommodations have portholes. Cabins range in size from 115 to 135 square feet, and they're available in three categories. Categories C and B are located on the Lower Deck; each cabin offers twin beds or a double bed. A-class cabins are each located on the Main or Upper Deck and offer either twin beds or a double bed. All cabins are air conditioned and have TVs, minifridges, direct-dial internal-use telephones, safe deposit boxes, hair dryers and bathrooms with showers. Cabin decor has a nautical feel, with light fabrics and dark wood trim.

The warm-weather itineraries (think sun-drenched Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts, and even Cuba) mean that lots of emphasis is placed on time outdoors. An aft Sun Deck equipped with loungers, chairs and a bar is available, as is a swimming platform for dips in the aquamarine waters (when weather and anchorage permit). Water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkeling gear is available by request. Indoor space consists of a lounge with a small library, a flat-screen TV and comfy sofas for relaxing with other passengers. The indoor bar and restaurant are located on the Main Deck.

A cruise coordinator provides destination briefings and shore excursion information. Wi-Fi is available at an extra cost.

The passenger mix on most of Variety Cruises' ships is roughly 40 percent American and 50 percent European, with about 10 percent Australians.


Panorama Member Reviews

04/15
Panorama (48 passenger maximum) may be the first small ship in Cuba; this was its first season and rumor has it that it will return next year. Avalon Cruises contracted with Group IST in New York to provide U.S. approved People to People trips to ... Read more
01/15
How surprised and lucky were we when we arrived on "The Panorama " in Cienfuegos, (having been transported in a small comfortable bus from Havana.) to find that there had been a big cancellation and we were the incredible number of 8 ... Read more
We recently went to Greece on a Variety Cruise. It was the Antiquity to Byzantium cruise aboard the Panorama II and it surpassed our expectations. The boat is comfortable with lots of places to either be by yourself and read or chat with new ... Read more
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Panorama Ratings

Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.8
Public Rooms
4.7
Cabins
4.5
Entertainment
4.0
Spa & Fitness
3.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
Enrichment
4.0
Service
5.0
Value-for-Money
4.3

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Ship Stats
Crew:
16-18
Launched:
1993/Rebuilt 2008
Decks:
3
Tonnage:
177 feet
Passengers:
49
Registry:
Greece
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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