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8 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

8 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Mazatlan
  • Day 6
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Los Angeles

Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

West Coast-based ship; plenty of free activities and dining options

Cons

Noisy; service can be hit or miss

Bottom Line

A fantastic value for families and groups


Cruise Reviews

My husband and I chose Carnival Panorama because we wanted to sail on a brand new ship and sail to the Mexican Riviera. The Good: Brand New beautiful ship, enjoyed the pay restaurants for free at lunch bt noon and 2:30pm. We ... Read More
My husband and I chose Carnival Panorama because we wanted to sail on a brand new ship and sail to the Mexican Riviera. The Good: Brand New beautiful ship, enjoyed the pay restaurants for free at lunch bt noon and 2:30pm. We tried-Mongolian Wok and Pasta Bar. Staff was friendly and worked hard.The big shows in the evening were excellent. The Not So Good: The drinks on board are very expensive a strawberry margarita or daquiri is bt 13 and 15 dollars including the automatically added tip and floater.If you don't add the extra 2.00 floater it just tastes like no alcohol is in the drink at all. The dining room meals in the evening were not very good. I'm not a picky eater and on three different nights I only had a baked potato because I didn't like any of the other items I ordered. Lobster, prime rib, escargot and Mahi Mahi not eatable. One night we ate at the Smokehouse just so I could find something to eat that I liked. There is very little healthy food on board. If you look high and low you can survive but on a brand new cruise ship I would've loved seeing a healthy restaurant to choose from with many food allergies or diets addressed, gluten free, keto, dairy free, etc. Our table mates in the evening also were struggling to find food to eat at dinner and they also thought this would be a great idea. It was sad to see so much wasted food on board by passengers who took too much food ate a couple bites of each item and tossed the rest. The entertainment on board was not very good unless you like bingo,the casino, or game shows. This cruise was one of the most expensive we've taken and not good value. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was my second Caraval Cruise my first was with Dream. I have to say it was easy bordering ship just beware uphill walking to get on board in terminal. Once on ship is beautiful designed started out in Hero’s Bar waiting for other ... Read More
This was my second Caraval Cruise my first was with Dream. I have to say it was easy bordering ship just beware uphill walking to get on board in terminal. Once on ship is beautiful designed started out in Hero’s Bar waiting for other family members. First stop of course buffet, it was too crowded and as the week progressed they serve the same items . We had burgers at Guys(lifesaver of cruise) not only really favorable with plenty of options. Our Cove Balcony 2361 was private and beautiful. Plenty of room your clothes and shoes. Nice spacious bathroom and our Porter Arthur greeted us immediately presented his card and asked us what we wanted he was amazing. We ate at Horizon on fourth floor, our waiter Faub was great. Food in my opinion was mediocre everyone else loved it. Finally Emma she was the best cruise director I’ve ever had and I’ve been on several cruises(12). She made everyone get up and enjoy this cruise. My family loved her, Hell everyone dead!! When we had to stay on the ship due to a passenger being taken off Emma came on explain and was very accommodating. They returned our baggage to the room and offered free movies and Wi-Fi would recommend Panorama. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from a week on the Panorama plus a bonus day on the ship when a passenger got sick and needed medical testing to ensure it wasn’t corona. It wasn’t, thank goodness. The ship is clean and modern. It follows the Carnival ... Read More
Just back from a week on the Panorama plus a bonus day on the ship when a passenger got sick and needed medical testing to ensure it wasn’t corona. It wasn’t, thank goodness. The ship is clean and modern. It follows the Carnival layout for the most part. However, for those of us who need accessibility features, Panorama is vastly better than its predecessors. There are handicapped restrooms everywhere now. Huge help for me as I use a wheelchair and cannot stand or walk. We had a fully accessible balcony cabin and it was pretty easy to manage. The balcony was not easy; the depth was narrow and I would not have been able to turn around to go back in the cabin. Our cabin held a lot of mobility equipment with ease. We managed with my husband’s large scooter, his large walker, and my large power chair. Then my wheelchair frame snapped (steel!) and I had to borrow one of the ship’s small scooters. It fit too! The ramp to access the balcony is too close to the side of the bed, making getting in and out of bed even more difficult due to the angled floor. A grab bar near the bed would have been smart. Dining was terrific and we enjoyed all the options. We did the anytime. Never had to wait. The steakhouse was amazing. We loved Guy Fieri’s burgers last year on the Magic. Not so much on Panorama. The cheese seemed different. It was equally unpleasant in Pig and Anchor’s macaroni and cheese. Not a crisis as there is plenty to feast on and it’s all tasty. Crew was fabulous and warm and showed such hospitality when disembarkation shut down due to the health crisis. They were wonderful. Our room steward Ade was a peach. The big shows were great. We saw Broadway Beats and Rock Revolution. Excellent! We also hit the comedy club and several smaller live performances and loved all. The violin trio wasn’t quite as good as the trio on Magic. No worries. Overall, a wonderful cruise. I can’t speak to the ports as I wasn’t permitted to take the borrowed scooter I the ship. My husband had fun in all three. Cruise director Emma is so bubbly and sweet. Other senior staff were also relaxed and pleasant. Embarkation took forever and we waited in endless lines to board. The first attempt at disembarking was chaotic and confusing. The second time was better. That said, I am a large woman and when we reached the dome in Long Beach I got stuck because so many wheelchair pushers refused to take me. I get it; I’m not easy. But they were openly nasty about it. One of the porters suggested we take a Carnival bus to LAX. We had planned to use Access Paratransit but the bus team escorted us to a big bus with a lift and said it was free because we were ADA. Nice surprise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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