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We have a lot of fun on Carnival and chose this ship because it was new and we had never sailed from California before. We had never been to the Mexican Riviera. We did a back to back. The first week my daughter and her husband joined us. ... Read More
We have a lot of fun on Carnival and chose this ship because it was new and we had never sailed from California before. We had never been to the Mexican Riviera. We did a back to back. The first week my daughter and her husband joined us. First, what did we not like... never having sailed from California before, I thought that southern california had similar weather to florida. No such luck. It was fairly cool in southern california. It warmed up in Mexico during the afternoon, but it just wasn't as warm as I prefer. That is all I can basically complain about. The ship was beautiful. It is more spread out than I was used to, so I found myself wondering if I needed to go to deck 4 or 5 lots of time. The port were very fun. As excursions we did the Camel and Mexican Outback in Cabo and Hidden Mexico in Vallarta the first week and a Whale watching, coastal tour the 2nd week. All of our excursions were fun and well done. When we did not take an excursion the 1st week we went to Stone Island at Mazatlan and hung out on the beach and stayed in front of a restaurant where we got free chairs and umbrella as long as we bought our drinks and some food from them. It worked out well for us, Lots of people trying to sell you stuff but we just kept saying no thanks and shaking our heads and they would go away. The 2nd week when we were not on excursions we did the board walks and had a great time there also. We stopped at a few places for drinks and had some lunch at the cheeky money in Vallarta and in Mazatlan we followed the blue line to the middle of town and stopped and had drinks and lunch at one of the paces there. The food was fine, but we did not eat in any of the pay places this time. We did eat at the Mongolian Dining and the food was as good as always but I do not like the way they have set it up. You can only eat in Ji JI's Dining so if it is full they make you take a buzzer and wait. You should be allowed to get your food and take it down to the cafeteria. We had a great time over all. Coming home the airlines managed to totally ruin one of my suitcases and we are working on getting it replaced. Emma was our cruise director on the ship and she is an angel. Very personable, and funny.We also loved the new programs they had in the Liquid Lounge. Especially loved Soul Bound. Also the comedy acts were so funny. We went almost every night . I recommend this cruise but I would go a bit later in the spring if I was doing it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise was amazing it has everything you need and want, at night it can be noisy but that’s it. The rooms are big. We had a balcony in our room and it was beautiful! The price is not much me and my family went to Fort Lauderdale for ... Read More
This cruise was amazing it has everything you need and want, at night it can be noisy but that’s it. The rooms are big. We had a balcony in our room and it was beautiful! The price is not much me and my family went to Fort Lauderdale for 3 days and then got on to the cruise in total it costed 1300$ for 3 people. Very nice people, staff is very friendly. The bad things are the night time it is always really noisy and the boat rocks a little bit but it’s not the captains fault or anyone. The room service is amazing the beds are made perfectly. They give you free 1.5 litres water bottles for free. The pool is a little bit dirty but they clean it every day. The water slides are really clean and really fun. The food is really good. I would definitely recommend staying here!! p.s I’m 11 years old Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time ... Read More
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time of 12:30-1. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn (decent place with a bar/restaurant) and took the free 10:00 shuttle to the cruise port. We arrived at about 10:30 and were on the ship at 11:30. Would have been sooner, but I had an issue with my Passport and had a hold-up at Guest services (maiden name on passport, married name on booking). There were no lines to wait in for us. We went to Guy's Smokehouse for lunch and hit up the Red Frog pub happy hour to stock our fridge for the week. Half-off beers and Carribean Cocktails. They let you keep the beers sealed! Our first stop was Nassau. We decided to walk around on our own and go check out the Queen's Staircase. It was about 6 blocks away, and it was kind of shady in places. Once we got there, it felt safe. It was a cool place to check out. There was a fort at the top of the hill we also walked around for free. It was about $1.50 to go inside. This was our least-favorite port. If we come here again, we will book an excursion or get a cab to a beach. The next day was a sea day. We ended up finding chairs at the main beach pool and hung out there for most of the day. If you leave your chair unattended, they place a sticker on your stuff with a time on it. After 45 minutes, they remove your stuff. Our next stop was Amber Cove, and we loved it! The port is beautiful. We did the 27 Damajuaga Waterfall/Zipline Combo excursion. We booked on Black Friday weekend, so it was 10% off. We had an absolute blast! For the waterfalls, dress ready to go. We wore swimsuits under athletic-type clothes and water shoes. I also wore goggles because I have contacts. I finally learned toward the end that I had to hold them on, or they slip off when you hit the water. We got off the bus (left all of our stuff on the bus with the driver) and had a 40-ish minute hike. This was definitely a workout, but not too terrible. They gave us a water to bring with us, and we had several breaks. Once we got to the first waterfall, the adrenaline kicked in! We had to turn around and climb down a steep ladder, turn around, and start sliding! It was fast-paced. We slid down 5 or 6 natural rock slides and floated through some really cool canyons. I was worried about hurting my butt, but it wasn't an issue at all for me. After the waterfalls, we walked back to the bus. We didn't have time to change into dry clothes, which I had thought we would. The bus is open and really windy, so that helped. We got to the ziplining place and got right out to get our harnesses on. We were still damp, but it wasn't a huge deal. The only thing I changed was my shoes. Ziplining was SO cool... Through the jungle/mountains and one went over a river. 6 or 7 different lines. It was a blast. The guys working with Mega Adventures were great and funny! After ziplining, we ate right there. Food was good! We also drive through some D.R. villages and got a feel of their culture. A lot of poverty for sure. Highly recommend this excursion! We had about 1.5 hrs after our excursion, so we walked around for a bit, then found a spot at the pool. The port area is beautiful! They have free water slides, and unlimited ziplining for $20. We talked over to the Amber Cove sign and got some pictures. The pier is long, so don't wait till the last minute to get back onboard. Our next port was Grand Turk. We weren't really sure where we wanted to go, we just knew we wanted a beach day. We headed left from the pier, and most of the free chairs were already taken. Get off early if you want a shot at these! We ended up walking a ways down the beach and ended up at Jack's Shack. The chairs were for a tip, and umbrellas were $10. We had SO much fun here. Perfect white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Beware- the drinks here are strong! You can get a free rum shot if you sign up online. They had beach volleyball, snorkeling equipment, and more. Heard that there wasn't a ton to see in the area for snorkeling. We had a perfect beach day! The food on the ship was great! We ate at the main dining room every night. Our friends went to the steakhouse one night and loved it. We had the 6:00 early dining which was in the Southern Lights dining room (8:00 seating was obviously right after). The Northern Lights dining room was all Your Time Dining. Food and service was excellent!! We also loved Guy's Burgers, Guys Smokehouse, Blue Iguana (for breakfast burritos and taco salad), pizza and of course icecream. We definitely ate way more than we needed, and it was all amazing! We had an Oceanview Deluxe room 1371. It had plenty of space for 3 of us. Loved the second bathroom with a sink and tub. There is so much to do on this ship. We really enjoyed the piano bar, theater shows, comedy, trivia dance parties in the atrium, mega deck party, etc. We watched a movie during the day while eating a Guy's burger. We soaked in a hot tub on deck 5 that hung over the side. Love and Marriage show is hilarious. We had the perfect mix of relaxation and fun. Disembark was very smooth. Our flight wasn't until 1, so we left our room at 8:15 and had a sit- down breakfast at Southern Lights dining room. Got off the ship at about 9:30 and got an Uber to the airport for $13 for 3 off us. One in our group got seasick on the first night, but got some meds from the medical room and felt good the rest of the trip. Everything else was smooth! No funky smells like some other reviews I've read. The cruise director Simon London was great! Lovely Jubley! Love Carnival and the atmosphere on the Magic! Can't wait till the next one! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Overall, we had a great trip! No major issues that ruined our fun. The only issues we ran into were on the second day of our cruise. The service in the Imagination dining room was insanely slow and items that were "to order" were ... Read More
Overall, we had a great trip! No major issues that ruined our fun. The only issues we ran into were on the second day of our cruise. The service in the Imagination dining room was insanely slow and items that were "to order" were served incorrectly. Thankfully mistakes were corrected but it is worth noting. I had heard the previous cruises had been rough trips and had unhappy cruisers, so I'm sure the crew was tired and they seemed it. They work so hard to make us happy, so it made sense. By the next day, service was to what we are used to and we were happier. The shows and entertainment was really good. This trip we decided to leave our kids home, but they would've had a blast. The ship definitely was in need of maintenance mechanically. The first night we hit rough seas and the ship was sounding rough. It is a 22 year old ship, so I wasnt surprised and stuff happens. She is scheduled for dry dock in March and she really deserves it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal and it did not disappoint .My girls and my Grand daughter decided to to an all girl Cruise. The Crew was all amazing. My Stateroom Steward Aris was the best. As was the people he worked with ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal and it did not disappoint .My girls and my Grand daughter decided to to an all girl Cruise. The Crew was all amazing. My Stateroom Steward Aris was the best. As was the people he worked with always with a smile and a greeting. The ship was clean and well laid out. The entertainment was the best the singers and dancers were the best and when you seen them off stage they were were all very nice.The comedians were so funny my stomach hurt from laughing. The shore excursions were well managed and everyone took real good care of us!! I played Bingo with David, Oscar, Jose and DJ they were all GREAT! My next cruise will be on Carnival again. I have now done 3 Carnival Cruises and I will not go on any other line as I have not had the good feeling from other lines that I did from Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Our first Carnival cruise that my TA set up for us almost 2 years ago. We had the Grand Suite, which was more than we ever imagined! The service was excellent and always courteous. The foods and entertainment especially Polaris I could ... Read More
Our first Carnival cruise that my TA set up for us almost 2 years ago. We had the Grand Suite, which was more than we ever imagined! The service was excellent and always courteous. The foods and entertainment especially Polaris I could listen for hours was beautiful! Chef's Table was outstanding and totally worth it. Veterans appreciation and Veterans Tea gatherings was a nice touch too. Loved my balcony as we went through the partial transit of the Panama Canal, I watched it on the tv screen and from my balcony. My husband went up to Deck 8, so we bought the cd of this amazing experience. We would do this again and Carnival with two ports Limon Costa Rica and Grand Cayman were beautiful. Excellent service and Excellent everything! So glad I got the Grand Suite too, got spoiled! The embarkment and debarkment was nice and smooth too. This was an Excellent experience! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We just got off the dream yesterday it was the best cruise I’ve have been on. Gary the director was amazing at what he does you could tell there was points where he was just exhausted but kept going but who wouldn’t be! My son was ... Read More
We just got off the dream yesterday it was the best cruise I’ve have been on. Gary the director was amazing at what he does you could tell there was points where he was just exhausted but kept going but who wouldn’t be! My son was upset we didn’t take him because I showed him a picture of Gary looking like Woody from Toy Story for country trivia. The shows were amazing and I would suggest if u have never sat in the front row try it at least once it makes for a whole different experience. The food was okay it wasent a five star restaurant but a cruise is quantity over quality. There cooking for 4000plus a meal not 400. Our room steward was great! I do miss when they cleaned your room in the morning and turned it down at night but understand why they no longer do it that way. All in all no complaints. Embarking and debarment was so smooth and easy I couldn’t of asked for a more organized cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have been on 15 cruises and this was one of the best experiences. Getting on in Charleston was very quick. Arrived at 11:25 and we were on the ship by 12:30. Lunch was very good-a lot of choices, some were free at lunch but charged at ... Read More
We have been on 15 cruises and this was one of the best experiences. Getting on in Charleston was very quick. Arrived at 11:25 and we were on the ship by 12:30. Lunch was very good-a lot of choices, some were free at lunch but charged at dinner so take advantage. The ship was clean, nice decor. Very little wear for having 3000+ people on board every day. Entertainment was very good, comedians, wide variety of music, stage shows etc., something for everyone. We had aft cabin 5346, nice location, good layout. Staff was helpful, friendly, and courteous. Lots of seating on Serenity, sun and shade whatever you preferred. Yes there is smoking in the casino but it does not drift down the hall. Our cabin was on the same deck and we did not have any smoke smell. We do not have any complaints. We would sail again on the Sunshine out of Charleston. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We had a fantastic week on the Carnival Horizon! This was my 27th cruise and have been on Carnival, Royal, Disney and NCL. I really love the layout of the new Carnival ships. So open and beautiful! We really love the Lanai area on ... Read More
We had a fantastic week on the Carnival Horizon! This was my 27th cruise and have been on Carnival, Royal, Disney and NCL. I really love the layout of the new Carnival ships. So open and beautiful! We really love the Lanai area on deck 5th! Love how you can get a coffee and just sit out in some comfy couches or chairs and look out at the sea! The coffee shop makes a nice hazelnut latte! Boarding this ship was a breeze! We had boarding group 5 and were literally on the ship and at Guy's burgers by 11:45 am! It was great! Our room on Lido was ready at 1:30 as posted. We had Inside this time and I really do not mind giving up a window or balcony to be on Lido inside. Walk out my room and to the pool in like 1 minute! The room is designed with plenty of room for the 2 of us and we slept so good! The elevators are what everyone complains about, but as long as you use them correctly they work! That is after the 1 st day when everyone has them confused! LOL You put in your floor and how many! So if you have 4 people then you hit that 4 times. Not that big of a deal and we did fine with it. When a group walks up with 5 and only hits it once that causes a problem! The dining was so good! Although I can't comment much on the Buffet because we rarely go! We did however enjoy the Guys burger, Blue Iguana Cantina, BBQ on deck 5 outside. We also enjoyed our dinner in the dining room! The staff were so attentive and excellent. This ship was so clean! Everyone always cleaning and keeping it so beautiful! We did visit the Seafood shack a few times! We could get a pound of peel and eat shrimp for $10 and sit out at Tides pool and watch the sunset! Perfection!!! The Buffalo shrimp were good too! Totally worth the extra cost. The only disappointment was the stage shows The stage is so small and they cant do much with it? We did enjoy the DIVE IN movies every night! Love that they give you popcorn and a blanket! Showed a lot of Disney which I love! Saw Lion King and the new Aladdin! So fun. My friend and I did the thrill theater too! Kind of creepy , but fun! Our room stewards were excellent! Always called us by name and kept ice bucket full all the time! This ship never felt crowded to us. We never waited for anything , but we never went to the buffet either. We did get wait listed for Teppanyaki and got in! What a fun experience! Our chef was so funny and talented! Worth the splurge! The ports in the Southern Caribbean were spectacular! Some of the best places we have ever been! Loved Aruba and did an excursion with Carnival that got great reviews! VIP sail and snorkel on a 100 foot wooden Schooner sailboat with open bar and lunch! All I can say is WOW! What a day! All our stops were so fun! This was overall one of our best sailings ever! We are not too hard to please! We just love cruising! We did self walk off the ship and was out in no time! Do not pay attention to the negative reviews! The elevators are not that big of a deal and the staff was incredible everywhere we went! I did a massage too and the staff at the Spa was always so fun and energetic! Great Cruise and great memories! Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Cruise Review - Carnival Panorama - Feb 2020 The brand new 4000 passenger Carnival Panorama cruises the Mexican Riviera 52 weeks/year from Long Beach, CA with stops in Cabo, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. It leaves and returns on ... Read More
Cruise Review - Carnival Panorama - Feb 2020 The brand new 4000 passenger Carnival Panorama cruises the Mexican Riviera 52 weeks/year from Long Beach, CA with stops in Cabo, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. It leaves and returns on Saturdays. We took the January 25, 2020 cruise. In short - it was a great value for money. The ship, the crew, the food and the entertainment were all first rate. The entire staff is dedicated to helping you have fun, which is Carnival’s big focus - fun all the time. Here are some tips that I hope will help you get ready for your cruise. 1. There are 2000 cabins on this ship and only 70 suites. We signed up a year in advance to grab one of those suites, 7319, and there were only a few left that far in advance. With 3.5 days at sea, we spent a fare amount of time in the suite watching the view from our large balcony and watching the included movies on the in house television or streaming Netflix on our iPad. A suite has a large area for watching tv, which was very comfortable. The tv channels were very limited, no ESPN, no CNN or FOX. A bunch of kids shows and a few other junk channels. Carnival needs to change the channel lineup. We had a walk-in closet, a very large bathroom with 2 sinks and a shower/jacuzzi. If you ever are going to splurge for a suite, this would be a good cruise to do it on. The room had plenty of dresser drawers and 120 volt power outlets. Lighting in the room was very good for reading. Staff only serviced the room once per day. We chose to have the room cleaned after 6 pm when we were at dinner. The room stewards clean the rooms in the morning or evening. You should get a choice, ask the steward about this choice if he doesn’t offer it. 2. Embarkation: all 4000 passengers arrive within a 4 hour window and there is congestion in the passenger drop off area. Once you reach the drop-off queue, it takes about 15 minutes to creep your way to the drop off area. A quicker way would be to have your driver get in the far left lane and turn left towards the parking structure, before you are very far into the queue, then you can be dropped off at the far end of the drop off zone. Then you’ll walk your bags about 300 feet to the entry of the big white cruise terminal. You could leave your bags with a porter at the curb and tip them $5, which is what we did. You won’t see your bags for a few hours this way. Inside the cruise terminal you proceed to the check in desk and show them your paper work and they move you right thru. If you have dragged your own bags this far, they will have to be x-rayed. You can have the crew take your bags to the room at this point. You are not allowed to pack alcohol or wine bottles or plastic bottles in your checked or carry-on luggage You can bring a case of canned sodas, in fact you can buy canned sodas right in the cruise terminal as sodas are expensive on the ship. You cannot bring a case of canned beers, however. I think you can wait for the x-ray process to be completed and take your own bags onto the ship. It’s a long uphill walk on indoor ramps! 3. Tip: Carnival gives you a 30 minute check in window in an attempt to spread out the crush of boarding passengers. We had a 1:00pm to 1:30pm check in window. The rooms are ready at the end of this window. The room keys are in the paper work holder next to your stateroom door. At 1:30 we went straight to our room, found the keys in an envelope next to the door and dropped off our carry-on bags. The room key is a plastic card. To unlock the door, hold either side of the room key close to the black square reader on the door, a little green light will come on and you’ll hear a little click, then just turn the door handle to open the door. Once the lock clicks, you have about 5 seconds to turn the handle, so no rush. Most people arrived early, so they were stuck dragging their bags around the decks while they are waiting for their room ready time. No need to be there early. It takes about 10 minutes to get through the check in process and to get up the ramp, so if your window is 1:00 to 1:30, plan on arriving about 1:20 or later. 4. Elevators: There are 16 elevators for passengers in 3 banks of elevators. The forward bank of elevators has 8 elevators, the middle back and the aft elevator banks have 4 elevators each. Each bank of elevators has small iPad looking devices on the walls where you enter the floor number where you are going. The pad tells you which elevator you are assigned to. You should enter the floor number for each person in your party. The computer will stop assigning people to a particular elevator once it sees that the number of people assigned to that elevator reaches a certain number. Most people don’t enter the floor number for each person in their group and then elevator overcrowding can happen. The system works really well, once you figure it out. Once you get on your assigned elevator, it will only stop once or twice before reaching your floor. Inside the elevator there are no floor buttons for people to push. This prevents kids from pushing all the elevator buttons inside the elevator. 5. Once you drop off your carry-on bags, if you are hungry, you can proceed to the buffet in the Lido Marketplace on the 10th floor in mid ship for some lunch. It can be crowded in here because many people arrive before their room is ready and they are dragging all their bags into the dining room, creating a major traffic jam. Food was good, but seats were hard to find. 6. Study the deck plans on the Panorama website before you arrive, it’s a huge ship and you’ll need to study it ahead of time. You can download the deck plans onto your smart phone into the documents or books app, so you can pull it out when you need help. There are deck plans at all 3 elevator banks. You can walk from one end of the ship to the other using the corridors on one side of the ship or the other, not the middle area, except floor 3, due to the gigantic galley in the middle of that floor. That is a little confusing. When you look at the 3rd floor plan, it will make sense. 7. Restaurants: The food is very good. There are many places to eat and they are all good. The specialty restaurants all charge an extra fee for dinner. The main dining rooms are not open for lunch, but there are so many great places for lunch, try as many as you can. On sea days, the Vista Dining room serves a “Sea Day Brunch” from 8:30 to 1:00. You can order steak & eggs with filet mignon here, no extra charge. It’s a small piece, but really good. There was a long line to get into the Sea Day Brunch at 8:30 on Friday, we went to the Lido Marketplace instead that morning. The omelette station in the Marketplace is quick and makes great special breakfast orders. 8. There are 2 main dining rooms: 1) Vista Dining Room, Decks 3 or 4 aft (take the aft elevators or stairways). This 2 story dinning room is for the “anytime dining” option. 2) Horizon Dining Room, Deck 3 mid or forward elevators or stairways. There are 2 entrances. This one story restaurant is for fixed time dining, either 5:45 or 8:15pm. If you are a couple, you generally are assigned a table with other people, which can be fun. After the first night, many people ask to switch tables for one reason or another. We took the early seating, which allowed us more flexibility in seeing the big night time shows, more on that later. The wait staff in the dining rooms are excellent. If you arrived for dinner at 5:45pm, you were usually finished eating by 7:00pm. 9. Dress up nights are Sunday and Thursday. No jeans and t-shirts, guys. There are 3 special meals in the main dining rooms: Sunday is lobster night, Thursday is filet mignon night and Friday is prime rib night. On the other 4 nights those items are available for an extra $20 per person. All those items were outstanding. Every night is a different menu which you can review on the Carnival hub app. 10. Wine with dinner: the wines average about $46/bottle including the 18% gratuity. You can also buy a 5 bottle package of wines before you board called “Cruising the Vineyard”, the wines will cost you about $27 or $40 per bottle. You have to purchase this before you board by calling Carnival, I didn’t see this option anywhere on Carnival’s website. I had my travel agent call Carnival and set that up. There are 2 levels of wine: the Premium was $198 for 5 bottles, the lesser quality wines were $135 for 5 bottles. If you buy one of these packages, you will receive 5 little coupons in your stateroom along with a list of wines included in your package. You can use these coupons to order wine in your stateroom, any dining room or at any bar. 11. Bars: there are many bars all over the ship, all serving great drinks. They all add 18% gratuity to the posted drink price. There are 2 draft beers on board, brewed on board, which are very good. There is also a self service beer tap in the Lido Marketplace (Deck 10)where you can enter your room number and pour your own 16 oz beer. This will save you about $2 for the same excellent draft beers that bars serve. 12. WiFi - we purchased the Premium WiFi plan for $15/day per person. It was worth it for as we were streaming Australian Open tennis and Netflix movies frequently. It was pretty good WiFi for the most part. There are no instructions on to log on that I could find so I had to ask someone. It was pretty easy. Each passenger has a different “folio number” on their Seapass room card, each person has their own account for charging things on board. You’ll need this number to log on. Open up your browser on your device and type in: login.com in the URL line. Click on that and your devise will ask you for your folio number and birthdate and then you can log into the ship’s good WiFi. To switch to another device, use the log in procedure on the other device and it will ask you if you want to “ switch devices” . I was always switching between my iPad and my iPhone, since I could only have 1 device connected at any other one time. A couple could share one WiFi package together and take turns being on line with their device if you both don’t need to be online at the same time. 13. Time Zones: as you approach Mazatlán on Tuesday at 2am, you will advance your clocks one hour to the Mountain Time Zone and leave it there until Friday morning at 2am, when you go back to Pacific time. You’ll need to take your phones off “set automatically” in time settings so you can set the time zone that the ship is on. Ship time doesn’t always agree with the time zone that your phone thinks it is. On my iPhone, with Verizon service, I had to turn off the “ screen time” function in settings in order to be able to set the time zone manually. Many people couldn’t get the time right resulting in being an hour off for dinner. You always need to follow ”ship time”, not the time your phone thinks it is. Time makes a difference if you are meeting people, or trying to get a good seat at a night show! 14. Laundry: Suite customers got free laundry. There were self serve laundry machines and ironing equipment on all the floors. We never used them , so I don’t know if they required money, best to call Carnival if you plan on using them to reduce the amount of clothes you need to bring. 15. Fitness gear: the spa (12 forward) has an amazing fitness room, never crowded and lots of first rate cardio and resistance equipment. There was also an outdoor walking track and outdoor workout equipment on deck 12. 16. Pools and jacuzzis: the main pool is on deck 10 mid. This is where all the outdoor dance parties take place after 10 pm. Another pool and 2 very crowded jacuzzis are found on deck 10 aft. Deck 5 aft has an exclusive area called the Havana Experience with a nice infinity heated pool, 2 not so crowded jacuzzis along with loungers and cabanas and the Havana bar. You need a wrist band and must be over 12 years old to access this area. Passengers who stay in suites, as we did, or in the Havana rooms are eligible for the wrist bands. You cannot purchase them. It is nice and quiet in this area except for the Cuban music playing over their speaker system. 17. Production Shows - the Panorama features 5 awesome and different 45 minute shows with high energy singing and dancing and music from a cast of 14 wonderful performers. The backdrop is an amazing video wall. These are mesmerizing productions!! Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:30, with doors open at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Seats fill up within 10 minutes of the door opening, so be there when the doors open. It’s worth it to get a good seat as the cast uses the stage and most of the lower floor of the Liquid Lounge, decks 4&5 forward for the show. The balcony of the Liquid Lounge on Deck 5, has seating, but many seats have sight line restrictions due to support columns, but they still fill up. Drinks are served before and during the show. The other 2 nights, the main shows are some audience participation games, we passed on those. 18. Comedy shows: the ship carries 2 stand up comedians, each doing a PG show and an adult show most nights. The comedians were both very good. 19. Fellow passengers: lots of kids and all ages of adults. The ship had plenty of activities for kids, in a highly popular Kid Zone, so they weren’t underfoot frequently. There were many people using wheelchairs, walkers and canes. The ship is designed to handle chairs. 20. Door decorations: many rooms had doors that were decorated with stuff to make their door standout. People brought little magnets to secure their decorations to their doors. Some used tape, but you are not supposed to use tape on the doors. They were fun to read, and made it easy to find your room in those very, very long hallways! 21. Bed spreads: beds come standard with heavy duty white quilts like so many hotels are using these days, which can be too warm for some people. After 1 night, we asked our room steward to replace the quilt with a sheet and blanket which was much more comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask or maybe you can request that ahead of time. 22. Shore excursions: just Cabo had tenders, Mazatlán & PV had easy dock access. We bought Carnival shore excursions in all 3 ports as the prices were reasonable and there were plenty of offerings. There were plenty of independent shore activities available to you once you left the ship. We went whale watching in Cabo and PV and we saw plenty of whales, up close, on both trips. In Mazatlán, we did the Harbor boat ride and city tour, which was a very nice trip. The tour guide dropped us off and gave us 90 minutes for lunch and shopping. He recommended a restaurant called Margaritas because of their fantastic local shrimp. We went there and this 10 piece boat load of very large shrimp for 2 people, all cooked in different ways along with some fish tacos. The food was really good. The meal was $36 US for the 2 of us, cash only, no credit cards. The shopping in all 3 ports was disappointing, just low quality tourist junk. 23. Last 2 days at sea: very windy due to 22 mph boat speed. The seas were relatively calm, at least on this trip. It was too cold & windy to sit on the deck in many areas, but you could find areas sheltered from the wind that were comfortable. The weather was in the mid 60’s and sunny. 24. Activities at sea: there are plenty of activities for passengers, many of them are audience participation activities. There were no movie theaters on board, as every one has access to a large list of movies in their room at no charge. The sky ride, a bicycle ride suspended over the water looked like fun, but usually had a 60 minute wait. There is a ropes course, miniature golf, basketball and a trampoline area($), so plenty to do. There were no enrichment lectures. No History of Mexico talks. 25. Cruise Director Emma was a bundle of energy and kept all activities going day and night. She must work 18 hours a day. Her activities team were very good. 26. Photographers: yes they were there taking your pictures frequently. You could see your pictures on your room tv or on tablets around the ship. You could download a picture to your phone for $20 each or have them make prints. You can’t just takes picture of their picture, as the picture you see is full of watermarks to discourage that. 27. Disembarking: you could walk off the ship with your own bags or put them out the night before and collect them near the immigration area. Suite customers could exit the ship with their own bags at 7:30am, which we did. It was pretty easy to roll the bags off, as the walk-ramps were all down hill or level grades. The rest of the ship started exiting the ship on a floor by floor basis starting at 8:00am. Passengers exited the ship on Deck 4 forward. There were no Customs forms to fill out (unless you wanted to declare something). You just went through Immigration and answered a quick few questions from an Immigration officer. Then you exited the cruise terminal building and opened up your ride hailing app and ordered your car. It took 7 minutes for the driver to arrive. There were cabs waiting at the curb, which makes sense if you have a short ride. If you had an early flight out of the area, you could depart early like we did. Exiting passengers had to be out of their room by 8:30 am to allow preparation time for the next group of passengers. All in all it was a wonderful cruise and I would recommend it as a way to get away for a week and get a change of scenery on the west coast of Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I love to cruise! I love the new Panorama. I was not thrilled with my spa cabin on the 12th floor, trying to sleep at night was horrible. Very loud above which was the golf course. Heard crew moving chairs around,cleaning, etc. The other ... Read More
I love to cruise! I love the new Panorama. I was not thrilled with my spa cabin on the 12th floor, trying to sleep at night was horrible. Very loud above which was the golf course. Heard crew moving chairs around,cleaning, etc. The other disappointment was the food in main dining room. Carnival has really lowered the menu choices as a way to push people into buying dinner at specialty restaurants. This was my first premiere cruise. It was not what I expected, the casino host was not friendly, they didn’t really have anything special to make you feel like you were a “premiere casino guest.” I did see a lot (at least 4) people win well over 10,000 pretty cool. Overall my group had a great time. Beautiful boat. Just happy to cruise on a brand new boat as I cruise 6 times a year from this port. Looking forward to going again in March then April again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Had a great time from the ship to the staff to the entertainment to the food and excursions, everything was amazing. This was our 4th Carnival cruise and we have never been disappointed. Let's start with the cabin, had an ocean view ... Read More
Had a great time from the ship to the staff to the entertainment to the food and excursions, everything was amazing. This was our 4th Carnival cruise and we have never been disappointed. Let's start with the cabin, had an ocean view which had a nice size window, 2 bathrooms, 1 had a tub and sink the other had a shower sink and toilet. The room was a great size. Only negatives, only 1 outlet in the whole room, bring your own extension cord. Also there is no fridge in room they call it a cooler, but it doesn't keep stuff very cold. We brought a collapsible cooler and gave a cash tip to our steward and he kept it full of ice the whole week. The entertainment was outstanding. We went every night and were never disappointed. The x rated comedy acts were hilarious. A special shout out to Emma, Cruise Director, she kept the days and nights going. Had an endless amount of energy. We ate in the dining room just about every night and the food was terrific. Guy's burgers were great as well as the taco's and burritos. The 24 hr pizza was awesome. The sea day brunch was great as well. Did 2 excursions. In cabo we did the whale watching, saw about 8-10 whales, including 2 that put on a show for us. In Puerta Vallerta we did the Outdoor adventure. Speed boat ride, truck ride, donkey ride, ziplines, rapelling, water slides. Best excursion we've ever done. And on the way back found dolphins and a mama and baby whale that actually jumped out of the water. The elevators on the ship take a bit to get used to, but they're not that big a deal. The biggest downfall is that dropoffs and pickups are in the same location at the terminal, and it is a disaster. We were waiting for a Lyft ride and it was a terrible experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We wanted to cruise from Baltimore, no flights this time. Relaxation and good food were our requirements. Since we were in a Suite, we were spoiled, and enjoyed our stateroom more than any other cruise taken in 30 years. Our room ... Read More
We wanted to cruise from Baltimore, no flights this time. Relaxation and good food were our requirements. Since we were in a Suite, we were spoiled, and enjoyed our stateroom more than any other cruise taken in 30 years. Our room stewardess was excellent. Loved the bath tub, the double sinks, and we couldn't begin to fill the closets and drawers. There was a sofa, with a nice coffee table to play cards on, or have the room service meals there. The arm chair was great to have, the TV was easily seen no matter where we were, in bed, on the chair, or on the sofa. The only downside was the lamps, we are readers and the lamps could have been better. We are booked on this cruise again in January 2021, and have a Suite again. Our balcony was larger than the regular balconies, we had a lounge chair and table, as well as 2 patio chairs. The food was excellent, we had anytime dining. Lobster was on the menu one evening, and we ordered it again a second night. The buffet offered great choices, from All American to Oriental and Sandwiches. The Taco bar had all the fixins, including guacamole, which we love. By the way, we had ordered bottled water for our room, which was delivered before we set sail. This saved a lot of money over purchasing single bottles. We saw passengers carry on 12 packs of sodas which would be a great savings as well. I highly recommend this cruise on THE CARNIVAL PRIDE. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, ... Read More
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, Beach is very pretty and water is so clear, I was able to see a sea horse just by looking down into the water!! Our 2nd stop was Belize, we did the Tiger Caves zip lining and cave tubing, way cool. A good bit of walking FYI Lunch was included and it was chicken , beans and rice, cole slaw, very good, had cilantro in it, and a bottle water. Our ride over was very informative, so it went quick Our 3 rd stop was Cozumel, we just got off and shopped.. The food was good, nothing special. Tried the BBQ , very tasty, Also tried the Deli, great sandwiches, huge, so share lol. Also loved Guys burgers and the burrito bar. You won't go hungry and if you do, your own fault lol One negative, there is an adult pool, great for those without kids!!, but why can't you have the hairy man contest back there? instead of the center pool? It is an adult activity. It can get very vulgar and no, I'm not a prude, I just don't think some of the sexual dancing needs to be seen by small children. Getting on the ship was very smooth, walked right on, if you arrive in your time slot you just walk on basically, if you are not in your time slot, they will ask you to go to a different line. Getting off was easy, til we got to customs, then there was long lines. After customs, we needed an Uber, well the Uber pickup is in the same place as drop off for new arrivals, VERY congested. And it wasn't even 10, we had a late departure. Leaving on a positive note, go enjoy the Glory and leave your troubles at home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just a few quick thoughts about this cruise. The ship is very new very clean and modern. Getting on and off this ship is a breeze. Probably cruise number 17 or 18 and this is by far the fastest and best. A lot has been said about ... Read More
Just a few quick thoughts about this cruise. The ship is very new very clean and modern. Getting on and off this ship is a breeze. Probably cruise number 17 or 18 and this is by far the fastest and best. A lot has been said about the elevators on this ship. I found them great and very fast. (Note watch a video on how to use them and it’s a breeze) The staff was very good. Almost all used your name when addressing you. I found the food options very good while on board. We didn’t even eat at any of the pay restaurants. At lunch some of the pay restaurants are actually served with no charge. Each dinner and lunch provided a wide array of different choices. Had coffee delivered to our suite every morning and the room service staff was great also. The entertainment was also very good (as always on carnival ) the only down side to this entertainment experience was that the liquid lounge (new design they are very proud of) has very limited amount of good seating. The balcony is in my opinion useless. It is laid out so flat that If you are not front row you can’t see over the seats in front of you. Having said that the entertainment on the ship was over all really good. You just need to arrive 30 mins before show time to get a floor seat. Dinning staff and room staff are great as expected. Our suite number 7378 is by far the biggest one on the ship. I can’t say enough about this room. Separate dressing ares wide open spaces and a balcony that was the size of 3 normal balcony’s. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Horizon and had an amazing time! It absolutely exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to book another! Embarkation can be hectic as you are carrying your luggage and the attendants ... Read More
I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Horizon and had an amazing time! It absolutely exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to book another! Embarkation can be hectic as you are carrying your luggage and the attendants want you to keep moving since, of course, there are so many people to board. Once you get on and get settled, its amazing! Public Areas: There are so many places to lounge, indoor or outdoor enjoying a drink or soaking in the sun. There are staff around constantly cleaning and making tables or chairs available for you. Entertainment: There is so much freakin stuff to do on this ship!! Of course the waterslides, sky ride, ropes course, clubhouse, basketball, mini golf, spa, but also the shows and music around the ship was 10/10. The acoustic guy in the Artrium was great, the band that played in the ocean plaza- GREAT, Country band in the Pig Anchor - AWESOME, and the violinist in the Atrium OFF THE HOOK! They hired extremely talented people that I didn't think would be on a cruise ship. The comedian Chris Wiles was OK to me, probably hilarious to others, but not really my type of funny. There is always something to do. Moreover there are seminars for every interest all day long. On the 6 day long cruise, we didn't even get to do everything available on board! And dancing everywhere! So much fun. Dining: The lido buffet is just abut always open with pretty good food. The main dining room is also free and the sea brunch was good too!! Delicious fresh squeezed juice and the chia pudding was my favorite. The lox also tasted good. But, really, the Pig n Anchor BBQ spot was soo good. I can't say enough. Its a great size portion and only $8 for a meal. We also ate at Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, another delicious dinner and superb service. It is on par with Alexanders steakhouse, and better than Flemings or Mortons. You are treated like royalty. There is so much food on this ship, of every kind. Any kind of food you can think of - its offered. Room: The Havana Premium Balcony room is huge, and balcony even better and spacious. It comes with lounge chairs and gorgeous views. The stateroom steward, Muh, was the most friendly person I have ever met! You immediately feel like best friends with him. He remembered our names the first time. He also knew my BF's birthday and sang a little song; and I did not tell Muh that it was my BF's bday! He just knew and remembered. He took care of us and provided everything we needed for our room. I also loved the towel animals that were in our stateroom every day. Excursions: Unfortunately 2 of our excursions were cancelled (glass boat tour in Grand Cayman and Blue Hole in Jamaica) due to weather/ rain and uncontrollable reasons. I believe we will be getting our money back for those. However we still had an enjoyable time, or came back to the ship early to do more FUN STUFF. Cruises seems like an affordable way to vacation and see new places. I can't wait to do another. Overall Carnival exceeded my expectations and I really felt did a 10 out of 10 in every aspect. I would absolutely choose Carnival AGAIN! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced ... Read More
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced every night and had a great time. Dining service was excellent and food was very good. Will do the conquest again next year. The serenity spot was very relaxing and the adult only pool was nice. I like using the sauna as well. If you do Carnival 2 years in a row the shows are repetitive but because we dance and love the comedians we don't mind that much. Grand Turk and Amber Cove are some of my favorite ports to visit. I will return to them. I will warn you not to do a 6 day cruise if you can do a 7 because there are so much more comedian shows and it is more relaxed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Carnival Panorama. The food was delicious, entertainment was very good (stage productions/comedians) and service throughout the ship was wonderful. We had a mid-ship balcony on deck 7 which was a ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Carnival Panorama. The food was delicious, entertainment was very good (stage productions/comedians) and service throughout the ship was wonderful. We had a mid-ship balcony on deck 7 which was a perfect location for us since everything was easily accessible. We did independent excursions in each of the three ports: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta which worked out great. It was a treat for us not to have to fly to board a ship since we live in the greater Los Angeles area and parking/boarding were very easy as well. We attended the cruise critic meet and mingle which was very informal and friendly - no invitations were sent to cabins, but it was easy to find the date/time of the meeting in the "Fun Times." Special mentions for excellent service: Cabin attendant/steward Efren, guest services representative Lufano, and Doris in the Atrium Bar. A Great Week! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is the second time my husband and I, along with friends, have done the Mexican Riviera cruise on Carnival. We were excited to go on the its newest and biggest ship, and this is the second time my husband and I have had sailings on ... Read More
This is the second time my husband and I, along with friends, have done the Mexican Riviera cruise on Carnival. We were excited to go on the its newest and biggest ship, and this is the second time my husband and I have had sailings on Carnival’s newest and biggest ship. Long Beach port ROCKS on the ease of getting on and off the ship. Long Beach has spoiled me from trying other ports (I am still annoyed with Miami from 30 years ago). The ship was sold out, yet we boarded in our time frame, and met up with our friends at Pig N Anchor for their lunch buffet. Rooms were ready at 1:30 and met our Steward Winston. Cabin number 8397 balcony in an 8D category, and it was almost the exact cabin we had on the Splendor except now they have USB ports. I wished they had them near the nightstands, but it is nice that it is one less electrical thing take up the only outlet in the cabin. For a large ship, I did find the atrium and show rooms smaller, but I found once you got the layout of the ship, it was very similar to the previous ships we have sailed before. There were a few times did I felt like the ship was crowded. Food: Your Time Dining, service was great. We had a waiter named Y.U. (WhyYou) that was excellent, however the food was not 100% and we choose not to return after Wednesday nights dinner. Seaday Brunch, the food was excellent, however both of our servers Dan/Daniel and MD left us hanging. Dan/Daniel didn’t even bring us our last course and MD didn’t comprehend that we would like butter for our toast. Blueiguana on the Lido Deck had the BEST hash browns in their breakfast burrito. Guys Pig N Anchor lunch buffet was good, I would say the sides were some of the best. The pizza place did not disappoint, the Lido Marketplace buffet had some of the same selections as the dining room, and we opted to eat there a few times. We also ate at the small buffet in the Ocean Plaza area. They offer a small buffet a few times a day (this is where the trivia games are played instead of the atrium) and not only was it a small buffet, you could also go around the corner to Guys Pig N Anchor during the lunch time and add a few more items to your plate. I enjoyed Guys Burgers as well. I had the deli sandwiches and LOVED the Rueben. The only paid restaurant we did was Bonsai Sushi. Their shrimp tempura roll and green salad were good. Skyzone ride: it was a fun sky bike ride, and I waited maybe 30 minutes in line on a seaday. Shows: We took in one comedy show, he was funny. We watched the Celestial Strings. I was watching them perform in the atrium in between shows, and if I was going to base my opinion on the show from watching them in the atrium, I would not have gone. However, it was an excellent singing and dancing show. Unfortunately, most of the reviews are correct that the show rooms are too small for a 4,000 plus sailing. We were able to plan our time around the scheduled shows and get there early, but not everyone is able to do that. Poor planning on Carnival’s part. Ports: We did our own thing in each port. When we were in Cabo, there was the Norwegian Gem and Royal Princess. The Royal Princess plays the opening of “Love Boat” as it leaves port. I was bummed that our ship did not do any horn wars. Tips: The Carnival Hub app chat feature was a great way to stay in touch with people in our group. For anytime dining, our friends would add us to their reservation request (they were traveling with a child and she was not in our chat group). We never had a long wait – maybe 10 minutes tops. We did NOT have to link our reservation together. If you meet new friends on the ship that have anytime dining and you wish to dine with them, if they have the Carnival Hub chat and you have connected with them, you can add them when you request a table. Very nice feature. Note to East Coasters/Caribbean cruisers, do a bit of checking on weather if you are unfamiliar with southern CA and the Baja area. I cruised in January and it can be chilly, plan for a lightweight jacket or layers. I cruised the Caribbean at the end of March and still needed a lightweight jacket. Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta were all 75 to 80 degrees. The Pacific is a rougher sailing in January. We previously sailed in August and it was smooth, however it was extremely humid, rain showers, and lightening. Being most people are able to Google or check social medial for what you can expect, you should not be surprised. It was a bit cool on our first seaday and it was cooler on the last two seadays, HOWEVER, that is NOT Carnival’s fault. Facebook: I joined three FB pages dedicated to the Panorama, and one to our specific week of sailing. It was a great way to get a preview of what to expect and ask questions. I was however becoming so overloaded with information by the time we got on the ship, I was glad that I did NOT have the Wi-Fi package and was able to disconnect. Wish list: I would like to see Acapulco or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo added to ports of call or possibly a private island. As much fun as I have had in Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, it would be nice to have another port option. Cons: The main dining room food, and that seems to be addressed in other peoples reviews, along with the two servers that I mentioned. Pros: I covered most of them in my review and I would be thrilled to plan another vacation on the Panorama. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on ... Read More
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on the way back to Long Beach. Cold, Windy, but what do you expect in Winter, lol. I’ve cruised about 25 times with Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean & Celebrity. Virgin is my next line for Sept 2020. Cruise lines cater to couples, families, older cruisers. Etc. many activities for kids on this line, so it’s highly recommended and a great vacation for parents traveling with kids. We did not travel with children. This review is the about the stateroom suite, shops, casino, restaurants and features on the Carnival Panorama. Service: Exceptional. Our stateroom stewards were Mauricio and Ninja. Very nice and friendly. My waiters in the Casino were James and Adrian, very attentive. Stateroom: Booked in Sept, Price was $5300. Havana Suite Rm #5233. the biggest of the Havana Staterooms Suites, only 4 on the ship and amazingly quiet. Suite had a lot of closet space. Large shower, with dual sinks and a lot of bathroom space. As a woman, you need a lot of bathroom space. I looked inside my neighbors staterooms, only difference was a smaller bathroom and no wall divider. Large flat screen in bedroom and Large Flat screen in living room area. This suite has a private patio with a lounge chair, swing chair and a table. Very different than the balcony suites that I am accustomed to. People can walk by, but only your neighbors that booked the Havana Staterooms. This was not not an issue, as most people that walked by were going to the exclusive Havana Area. Suite is smaller than the Grand Suite on the older Carnival Ship, Imagination or Inspiration, but the modern decor makes up for that. So much cabinets, drawers, and shelves. The room divider also has a curtain to slide over to make a separate room or of someone is watching TV late, works great to keep out the light. The sofa was a bit large and a chair to sit on if you will be putting makeup, but otherwise, that chair was in the way. They should have used a chair that would slide into that vanity area. There were 2 USB outlets, and 2 electrical outlets in the room. 1 electrical outlet in the bathroom. The hairdryer was attached to the inside cabinet of the living room area, in front of the mirror. Mini buffet with coffee right outside the lounge for a quick bite, but omelette was a lot better in the dining room, but was convenient for me to grab a cup of coffee. Deck 5 Havana Bar & Exclusive Havana Experience: Havana Bar - every night, Live Latin band. Music was good and lively. Havana Experience - AFT - Entry with a Havana wristband only, and exclusive to the Havana Stateroom Guests. 1 pool, 2 jacuzzis, private bar, lounges, pool beds. Not crowded, no kids running around and quiet. Entry can be from the Havana Bar or directly from your stateroom patio. Ship Decor - beautiful atriums, paintings, decorations. This was a big wow for a carnival cruise. I enjoyed the LED towers in the Atrium and I liked the interchanging designs. There were a lot of different bars - Havana, Piano Bar, casino bar, just to name a few. Pizza Delivery- I did this one day to try it. Pizza was delivered fast to my room. It’s a thin crust personal size, but better to share with others for a snack. Restaurants: JiJi Asian Kitchen - Specialty Restaurant - $15 Surcharge per person . food here was amazing and so was the service. Dined here twice because it was exceptional. I recommend the Nanjing Duck. We ordered the pork belly, shrimp har gow, wagyu beef short rib, Singapore chili shrimp, Kung Lao chicken, stock pig, Hakka noodles, and Himalayan rice. All desserts were excellent. Chefs Table - $95/18% Gratuity - I don’t want to spoil the surprise...but a nice menu, presentation, and dining room in the kitchen. Always a nice experience. About 2.5 -3 hour. Try to do this on a sea day, and have a very light lunch, as you will be full. Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse - Specialty Restaurant - $38 - very nice selection of steaks. Ordered Filet Mignon & Lobster (Surf n Turf), Bone Marrow with Beef Tartare & Tuna Tartare. Food excellent and so was the service. Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor BBQ - limited lunch Buffett Free - Dinner A la Carte prices. Ordered a half slab of pork ribs...delicious. The free lunch here is inferior quality, as it is an outside Duffey with limited options. Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint - I think one of the best burgers that I’ve had! Plain, to chili, to overloaded. My fav....Chili Maximus burger. Seafood Shack - A la Carte prices. Ordered a Dozen oysters $1.50 each total $18. Ordered a lobster order with Fries $12. They also offer peel and eat shrimp, fresh fish, crab. Bonsai Sushi & Teppan - A la Carte - I ordered salmon, yellowtail and tuna sushi. Not bad, but cruise ship good. Ramen was available, but not like the ramen I’m used to. Did not reserve the Teppan. Dining Room- we are at the dining room on the last night. Food quality was not bad, but purchased the steak and Lobster for the $20 surcharge. The specialty restaurants were good. Did not eat at the buffet, was always to crowded with people. Specialty restaurants was the way to go, with less crowds and tasty selections. Casino- a lot of fun casino slot machines and many table games. Since this was a Carnival Player’s Premiere Cruise, there was a lot of gamblers, including myself. I am a smoker, so if you are a Non Smoker, avoid this place. The “on Us” drink card is when you gamble in the casino and accumulate 1500 points. Then for the duration of your cruise, drinks are free in the Casino Only (Up to 15 drinks per day, but that is still a lot of drinks, lol) Sky Ride - this ride was awesome. Lines can be crowded, but the secret is to ride this when you at port. We were in Puerto Vallarta, and returned to the ship at 3pm, and I only waited 10 minute. There is only 4 cars on the track, 2 on each track, so you have to wait about 3 minutes per each ride. Not a hard peddle, very easy. I’m scared of heights, but this ride is one of the reasons I booked. Water works- this was the biggest water slides I’ve been on a cruise ship. It is crowded. My secret, went in the late morning when we were at port. Only us, and 2 families. Went on the fast slide and the red tube with the inner tube. So fun. Shops- there is a Swarovski kiosk, Effy Jewelry Shop, Cosmetic Shop, and other mini shops on the ship. I purchased my Jewelry here, as I compare with Macy’s prices and you can haggle for a lower price, but better to buy your jewelry towards the end of the cruise for the deals. Best thing, no tax and Duty Free. Excursion - we did an excursion for Cabo. Cabo Adventures that was ATV riding, Indoor Sky Diving and lunch was provided. This to me was highly rated and extremely fun. Kevin and Mario did an excellent job. First time to see a drone used for video and photos. I never buy photos on excursions, but these were high quality videos and pictures, I purchased the entire package of digital for $50. Facebook & Instagram perfect. They also sell printed photos for $10 each. Mazatlan - we took a taxi from the port to Panchos, a famous Mexican restaurant with a nice view of the beach. Totally recommended. There is also a lot of shopping in that area. Puerto Vallarta - we took a taxi to Malecon - Old Vallarta, and this is a “must go” destination. The streets are picturesque with some beautiful architecture. The beach walk has a lot of restaurants, live music, bars, shopping, and very clean. Reminds me of Key West, Florida. Ports - Cabo, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta I did not visit the spa, due to Cruise Ship lines inflate massage prices, and the last experience on a cruise ship spa, was the upselling of products after the massage. I choose to have my massage at port for less than $40, with a beach view. What I didn’t like- A lot of kids running around in the main pool deck - but this is expected Quality of the free food. I am comparing to Celebrity Cruises as their food is excellent (Specialty, Dining Room & Buffet) Suites smaller than other cruise lines. Comedy shows were in small venues with Standing room only. Culinary classes were targeted more to baking, should open to a themed dish or local cuisine. Rude customers holding slots seats in the casino when they are not playing. Not enough events that caught my interest, but a lot of family oriented events. What I liked - Specialty Restaurants food was amazing. Staff remembering your name, top notch service and courteous. Skyride & Water works New elevators (selecting the floor prior to going in the elevator) Havana Cababa Suite with patio and exclusive use of Havana jacuzzis and pools Bartenders remembering “My Drink” Clean restrooms all throughout the ship Recommendations- Expand Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian cuisine. Carnival should bring up the “perks” as they do with Celebrity. Treats in your room, small logo themed tote bags and card holders etc..the cold towel when getting back on the boat. It’s these small things that bring me back to Celebrity. Would I book with Carnival Panorama in the Future? Yes!! And the Havana Cabana Stateroom Suite I had a great time.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked a back to back so we were on the ship for 14 days and had a great time. Positives; Embarkation was fine. I like that there were multiple dining venues open for lunch on embarkation day. I remember being on another Carnival ... Read More
We booked a back to back so we were on the ship for 14 days and had a great time. Positives; Embarkation was fine. I like that there were multiple dining venues open for lunch on embarkation day. I remember being on another Carnival ship where everyone was herded to the Lido deck buffet for lunch and no tables were available. Crews goal is to continuously improve their service. That was readily apparent. Shows were the best I have ever seen and compare with the quality of Disney productions. Cabin steward was efficient and asked us how we wanted our cabin serviced. Panorama has a really nice Promenade deck to get some fresh air, sit and read a book or get some exercise walking. Food was really good. I was most impressed by the main dining room which I normally compare with a banquet setting. Waiters did a good job in getting the orders right. We had only two instances of errors in the main dining room. The premium steak house, Italian and Pig and Anchor all were very good. Emma, the cruise director was really great! Along with the Fun squad they kept things going nonstop. We really enjoyed the Carnival Kitchen cooking classes. Chef Russell and staff did a great job. Learned a lot about cooking techniques. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Went on a quick 3-day on Carnival Liberty over the past weekend. This is my 10th cruise, 7th with Carnival. I am a teacher and a simple guy, so this is a review for regular people just looking to have a nice vacation. Embarkation ... Read More
Went on a quick 3-day on Carnival Liberty over the past weekend. This is my 10th cruise, 7th with Carnival. I am a teacher and a simple guy, so this is a review for regular people just looking to have a nice vacation. Embarkation Quickest I can remember. Literally took maybe 10 min. Amazing...and we were regular passengers, not elite members. Got there around 11 and were eating in the buffet not long after. Debarkation Took a bit. With it being a short cruise, many didn't check bags so that line was longer than those that DID. Smooth overall, people at port were really nice and it was not a problem. On Deck Not enough access to chairs. Ship wasn't all that crowded but too many inconsiderate people who leave their towels on chairs and have no intention of using the chairs. Makes it hard on everyone else. Also, the NEED to heat the pool in the winter! Pool was useless to everyone - rarely saw more than a person or 2 in any of the pools due to them being cold. Simple fix that needs to happen. One more negative....need to exclude kids from the hot tubs. Since pool was closed, kids monopolized the hot tubs and tried to use them as pools! Ridiculous. Ship Great ship overall. Can't expect it to be like Allure or a monster ship, but is very nice. Easy to navigate for the most part, clean and staff was helpful. Cabin Stayed in 7296. Beds were super comfy, nice pillows, temperature was good. Steward did a good job and was always asking how he could make it better. Dining Always amazes me that people complain about the food. Not sure how you eat at home, but I thought the food was really good and comparable to most any ship I've been on. MDR food was very good - prime rib was tasty, enjoyed the stuffed mushrooms and the desserts (Baked Alaska, Melting Cake, Creme Brulee) were incredible as always. Other dining was also good. Buffet was average at best, but Guy's Burgers are outstanding, Blue Iguana has good stuff, the Wok is fantastic and I really enjoyed the BBQ place. Had more food than I needed....and with the pizza place open all night (and with good pizza, I might add), I never struggled to find good food. Entertainment Shows were really good. I love the America Rocks show - excellent music, lot of energy. Flick was good too - definitely glad I saw them both and would highly recommend. Lady in the piano bar was excellent as well. Have to give props to the violinists in the atrium.....amazing! Hasbro Show was pretty decent as well. Activities Was disappointed as they had very little trivia and what they did have was on our one day on shore. Like trivia on the boat - that was sad. Didn't see many activities really - a little weak in that department I thought. Service Dining room is slow....but didn't really matter. Wasn't expecting speed and went to relax and have a nice meal, which I did every time. Great people, always willing to help. Did really enjoy Dinesh, who was a magician that came to our table on many occasions. Funny guy and VERY talented musician. Port Ports are what you make of them. We went to Arawalk Cay and visited Goldie's. I had Caribbean jerk chicken (outstanding) and some conch fritters (which I loved). Buddies had fresh seafood that they couldn't stop talking about. Definitely a homeroom. Also, went to Fort Fincastle and walked down the Queen's Staircase. Cheap (Fincastle was $3 and included a bottle of water) and we had a lot of history buffs in our group (I teach History), so we enjoyed it. Views from the Fort are incredible. Bought a Bahamas shirt (Hawaiian style) from a vendor and LOVE it - $15. Had fun - water was too cold to swim but was a nice day overall. OVERALL Had a great trip as I always do. Good friends, good food, beautiful location....tough to not love it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We enjoy Carnival because it is indeed Fun Ships. This cruise was exceptional. The executive staff was very friendly every time you saw them on deck, in the halls etc. The performance shows wee outstanding and professional. The crew ... Read More
We enjoy Carnival because it is indeed Fun Ships. This cruise was exceptional. The executive staff was very friendly every time you saw them on deck, in the halls etc. The performance shows wee outstanding and professional. The crew was great except of course the continued problem in the your time dining. We have sailed to Platinum with Carnival and there is ALWAYS a dining room team that is slow, unfriendly, tired and serves cold food. This was now exception. However, as in the past-I brought it to the attention of the folks running the dining room and they assigned us to a different team-Rodolfo, Deive and Chester. Exceptional service!!! Hopefully someone from Carnival reads these reviews and addresses this issue as I have seen it several times brought up. Outside of that- one terrific cruise with a crew that is exceptional. The music was great with a band "Wrecking Crew" delivering a great variety of music. Alan Jenkins is a solo guitar guy and is very talented and entertaining plus involves the passengers. For real relaxed Caribbean rock plays the steel drum and is super talented also. But a tremendous shout out to the Playlist Productions for their magnificent shows. When you have a terrific cabin steward .it makes the trip even more enjoyable and Bukhari made sure we were well taken care of. The friendly guy was excellent in all matters. Our ship came back to Tampa about 1 1/2 hrs late due to port traffic. the staff was great about getting us off the ship fast as possible. We shall keep going on Carnival as they remain the best for us because of the fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Cruise director Leon is the BEST in the business!! Entertainment also! ALL Staff ALWAYS greet you with a smile. Very attentive. Clean ship. Beds super comfortable. I'm gluten free and was hoping there would be more bread options. ... Read More
Cruise director Leon is the BEST in the business!! Entertainment also! ALL Staff ALWAYS greet you with a smile. Very attentive. Clean ship. Beds super comfortable. I'm gluten free and was hoping there would be more bread options. They had only one and it tastes like Thanksgiving stuffing. Not good for french toast! They do have a gluten free pizza. The dining room did their best to accommodate my needs. You do have to put your special order in the day before. I ordered a chocolate shake from the cafe, and to my surprise, I received an edible chocolate straw! I really enjoyed the question and answer time with Leon. You get to ask anything you've ever wanted to know about the ship and crew. Very informative, and Leon makes everything fun! Don't miss the party in the lobby on the last night! Unforgettable fun! Leon for Captain!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship ... Read More
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship served delicious seafood and salads. In the dining room, I was able to get lower calorie deserts. So, I did not gain a lot of weight. And, I had a great time. The beds were so comfortable. The coffee was great. The service was wonderful everywhere we went. The man that cleaned our room did a wonderful job at cleaning and servicing us with extra towels. I believe his name was YoYo. I wish I could find the card with his name on it. Our cabin was 7337. We sailed from 01/12/19 to 01/19/19. I just want to give him an extra thanks for the great service. We also had a lot of fun in all the ports the ship sailed to. I highly recommend Carnival if you are thinking on going on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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