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Cabins: We had two cabins 2371 & 2369. 2371 was a Cove balcony which was a first for us. I now prefer the cove balcony to a regular balcony. The cove balcony has more shade and privacy and less wind. Two doors down is a "service" area, but that is only used to load and unload luggage on embarkation and debarkation days so it is quiet. 2369 is an interior upper/lower room. The configuration of this room means that there is no couch to sit on our coffee table. There is also less closet, desk and drawer space. There is only a stool to sit on. It is awkward to sit on the bed since they are bunk bed style. There is more floor space even though the cabin is smaller than standard, but that is because there is so much missing furniture and the beds are upper/lower and not side by side. This room is only good for people who do not plan on spending any time in the room other than sleeping. Both rooms were very quiet despite being by the elevators. Having the dining room above us turned out to be a big plus from a noise perspective. Food: I thought the food in the main dining room was generally very disappointing and the Lido Marketplace was worse. Fresh fruit or vegetables selections were extremely limited. I would avoid the main dining room except on lobster, filet mignon and prime rib nights. We did enjoy the nightly parade of waiters and napkin waving and dancing in the dining room. I would recommend specialty dining for dinner for some nights, the Vista dining room for breakfast (eggs, yogurt parfait, chia banana pudding were our favorites), and for lunch we liked all of: the pasta restaurant (free at lunch). Mongolian Wok (free at lunch), Pig & Anchor (free at lunch), Guy's burgers and the Cantina (also good for huevos rancheros in the morning). For dessert they mostly had cakes - most of which were OK, not great. My kids also liked the pizza, but I didn't try that. The only desserts that we thought were really good were the ice cream and gelato. Note that the "chocolate extravaganza" just means that the cake station at Lido Marketplace (the buffet) only has varieties of chocolate cakes. Carnival Kitchen: We did the cake decorating. It is a great concept, but they need to refine the class a bit. Assigning the station you go to needs a new process. It took too long and there were many confused people (understandably). Be aware that it is 2 people per cake so if you go solo not sure how you "share" the cake. They should just eliminate the instruction on how to bake a cake because watching someone pour ingredients into a kitchenaid mixer was boring and not part of decorating. There is almost no instruction, but it was fun. The cake tasted pretty gross. We didn't eat ours. Entertainment: I thought the cruise director had a lot of energy and a staff that ran great activities. On this ship, I felt that the main shows were really music shows with something to watch and not productions - although we didn't see Celestial Strings as by then we had enough of the shows. Note that there aren't enough seats and they fill up so get there early to get a seat. The trivia and other games were a ton of fun. My kids liked the rope obstacle course and did it several times. They did the bikes once and thought that it was great, but with an hour plus line the norm didn't go back. My teens liked Sky Zone - it was small, but fun. 20 is the maximum, but both times my teens did it, it wasn't sold out. Teen Center: This was amazing. I didn't see my kids most of the week. A special thank you to Dustin. You were amazing. Pools: There is no adult pool and the 2 adult only hot tubs are small and almost always full. Lounge chairs are hogged early in the morning and so there are none available at Serenity or other prime spots unless you are an early bird. Carnival (like most places) doesn't enforce the "40 minute" rule. HUB App: This is a great concept. I would have done anytime dining if I had realized that you could request your reservation from the app when you were ready to eat. Very convenient. You could look up your account, the dinner menu, activities, and make reservations among other things on the app. My only complaint about the app was that it froze frequently. Ports: I thought that they could have done a much better job providing port information and "ship time" changes. I have been on many cruises and this was the first one where I felt like there was such little information about the port. There was conflicting information about "ship time" as the time on the TV, the time on the paper and the time on the apps all varied. Elevators: This ship uses a new system to call elevators that is very common in other countries and usually efficient. It did not work well. Elevators took awhile (no more than other ships), but here there was no way of knowing if the elevator was on a nearby floor or would be awhile. I think people would have been less aware of it if there was anything in the elevator lobby area to look at to keep you occupied, but there is nothing. Cleanliness: The ship looked very clean. Dirty dishes were picked up quickly. Everything on the ship is very new. I was surprised though that there wasn't anyone pushing hand sanitizer or hand washing at any point during the cruise, especially entering the buffet area.

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Carnival Panorama Cruise Review by toprs20022004

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Cabins: We had two cabins 2371 & 2369. 2371 was a Cove balcony which was a first for us. I now prefer the cove balcony to a regular balcony. The cove balcony has more shade and privacy and less wind. Two doors down is a "service" area, but that is only used to load and unload luggage on embarkation and debarkation days so it is quiet. 2369 is an interior upper/lower room. The configuration of this room means that there is no couch to sit on our coffee table. There is also less closet, desk and drawer space. There is only a stool to sit on. It is awkward to sit on the bed since they are bunk bed style. There is more floor space even though the cabin is smaller than standard, but that is because there is so much missing furniture and the beds are upper/lower and not side by side. This room is only good for people who do not plan on spending any time in the room other than sleeping. Both rooms were very quiet despite being by the elevators. Having the dining room above us turned out to be a big plus from a noise perspective.

Food: I thought the food in the main dining room was generally very disappointing and the Lido Marketplace was worse. Fresh fruit or vegetables selections were extremely limited. I would avoid the main dining room except on lobster, filet mignon and prime rib nights. We did enjoy the nightly parade of waiters and napkin waving and dancing in the dining room. I would recommend specialty dining for dinner for some nights, the Vista dining room for breakfast (eggs, yogurt parfait, chia banana pudding were our favorites), and for lunch we liked all of: the pasta restaurant (free at lunch). Mongolian Wok (free at lunch), Pig & Anchor (free at lunch), Guy's burgers and the Cantina (also good for huevos rancheros in the morning). For dessert they mostly had cakes - most of which were OK, not great. My kids also liked the pizza, but I didn't try that. The only desserts that we thought were really good were the ice cream and gelato. Note that the "chocolate extravaganza" just means that the cake station at Lido Marketplace (the buffet) only has varieties of chocolate cakes.

Carnival Kitchen: We did the cake decorating. It is a great concept, but they need to refine the class a bit. Assigning the station you go to needs a new process. It took too long and there were many confused people (understandably). Be aware that it is 2 people per cake so if you go solo not sure how you "share" the cake. They should just eliminate the instruction on how to bake a cake because watching someone pour ingredients into a kitchenaid mixer was boring and not part of decorating. There is almost no instruction, but it was fun. The cake tasted pretty gross. We didn't eat ours.

Entertainment: I thought the cruise director had a lot of energy and a staff that ran great activities. On this ship, I felt that the main shows were really music shows with something to watch and not productions - although we didn't see Celestial Strings as by then we had enough of the shows. Note that there aren't enough seats and they fill up so get there early to get a seat. The trivia and other games were a ton of fun. My kids liked the rope obstacle course and did it several times. They did the bikes once and thought that it was great, but with an hour plus line the norm didn't go back. My teens liked Sky Zone - it was small, but fun. 20 is the maximum, but both times my teens did it, it wasn't sold out.

Teen Center: This was amazing. I didn't see my kids most of the week. A special thank you to Dustin. You were amazing.

Pools: There is no adult pool and the 2 adult only hot tubs are small and almost always full. Lounge chairs are hogged early in the morning and so there are none available at Serenity or other prime spots unless you are an early bird. Carnival (like most places) doesn't enforce the "40 minute" rule.

HUB App: This is a great concept. I would have done anytime dining if I had realized that you could request your reservation from the app when you were ready to eat. Very convenient. You could look up your account, the dinner menu, activities, and make reservations among other things on the app. My only complaint about the app was that it froze frequently.

Ports: I thought that they could have done a much better job providing port information and "ship time" changes. I have been on many cruises and this was the first one where I felt like there was such little information about the port. There was conflicting information about "ship time" as the time on the TV, the time on the paper and the time on the apps all varied.

Elevators: This ship uses a new system to call elevators that is very common in other countries and usually efficient. It did not work well. Elevators took awhile (no more than other ships), but here there was no way of knowing if the elevator was on a nearby floor or would be awhile. I think people would have been less aware of it if there was anything in the elevator lobby area to look at to keep you occupied, but there is nothing.

Cleanliness: The ship looked very clean. Dirty dishes were picked up quickly. Everything on the ship is very new. I was surprised though that there wasn't anyone pushing hand sanitizer or hand washing at any point during the cruise, especially entering the buffet area.
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2371 was a Cove balcony which was a first for us. I now prefer the cove balcony to a regular balcony. The cove balcony has more shade and privacy and less wind. Two doors down is a "service" area, but that is only used to load and unload luggage on embarkation and debarkation days so it is quiet.
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