Panorama II Cruise Review by Lady Marion
We chose this cruise because bus trips aren't my thing. We also wanted to see Cuba before the American economic invasion. The ship can hold 49 people but we were only 13 passengers - ideal! Since there were so few of us, they put everyone in a main deck cabin, which had windows instead of port holes. Crew walked by, as I discovered to my surprise one afternoon lounging on my bed, but it was nice to have more of a view. The cabins were on the small side, which seems to be usual with small ships. It was impossible to put the luggage under the beds because they were on wooden platform although the crew could store luggage elsewhere if you wished. We ate breakfast & dinner on the ship, with lunches ashore in privately run restaurants. The breakfast was the usual: eggs, oatmeal, dry cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. Dinners always had a fish entrée & a meat entrée. There were courses for appetizers, soups, entrée, and dessert; often we just had the entrée because of having a large lunch ashore. The last night we had a buffet of Greek food that was great. We ate on a covered top deck, but many nights, when we were usually anchored, it was very warm. There was a bar on the main deck with cocktails, wine, or beer on offer, and drinks could be ordered with dinner as well. All the sightseeing, which was mandatory under the rules for visiting Cuba, was included, and we went to many art galleries, a choir, a Tabaco farm, etc. The towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos were my favorites. The crew could not have been more helpful.
Lady Marion’s Full Rating Summary
Our cabin had 2 single beds, large windows, and a compact bathroom. There was good insulation from the hall but a bit less so from one cabin to another. The A/C never got quite as cool as we would have wished to cope with the humidity & high temps. We had a refrigerator, & 2 metal water bottles that were replenished every day. The bathroom had a shower & a high lip around it so water didn't splash everywhere although it took some getting used to & avoid tripping over it. There were reading lights over each bed. The closet was good sized, with a safe in it, but there could have been more hooks for towels.
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