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We chose this cruise because it was a brand new ship and thought it would be exciting. It was not, and was a rather bland experience compared to other cruise ships we have been on. I don't think there is anything exciting about this ship. The ambience was very lacking. Lots of advertising for this ship about many things to do on the ship, yet many are just a small area stuck in a corner somewhere. We travel as handicapped and don't believe the Long Beach port is very handicap friendly. They offer scooter rentals for pickup at the port terminal whereas other cruise lines offer scooter delivery to the room and pick up there. The pick up in the terminal was fine for boarding as you didn't have to wait for a wheelchair. But if you wanted to debark and take your own luggage, it became too much baggage to handle along with scooter. Won't do that again. Our accessible room was very nice with a nice layout, nice bathroom layout EXCEPT there were no chairs at all in the room. We had to sit on either the scooter or the bed. We had room service and had to put the tray on the bed. Not a comfortable scenario and there was plenty of room to put a chair. My curling iron quit two days after sailing in a plug where as other things worked fine in. After much frustration and paying for one hairstyle for $ 80; found out there was nothing wrong with my curling iron, but rather something wrong with it working properly in their plug. They brought up a box they called a transformer and I had to plug into that which took up most of the only desk space we had. Not a good experience on a brand new ship. The food on board was mediocre at best. Many things missing that would be readily available on another cruise line. Very little fruit and always the same fruit, mainly melon. Couldn't find a banana or orange to save your life. Many strange dishes everyday. Cutting board items so, so and were sliced to the bare minimum. There were two sides to the buffet and at 10:30 AM, one was shut down, including the orange juice machine!!! One day we couldn't get lunch if we wanted it. Was told we could have pizza or a sandwich, REALLY!! Never been on a ship where the included meals were not available. Very bad. Every tomato we had the whole trip was either green to pink and the center so hard you couldn't eat it. Portions served were small, glasses were small, cups were small necessitating many trips for refill. I really felt the cruise line was trying to pinch pennies with all these type of tactics and push people to go to the pay restaurants. One other note, one of the public rest rooms we stopped at near one of the lounges smelled so bad, it would gag you. There was a cleaning person in there scrubbing the toilets, but THAT WAS IT and she left after brushing all 3 and left the smell to remain. Not good. I will most likely cruise with anyone but Carnival in the future. We have cruised on 12+ cruises on all various cruise lines so lots to compare to.

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Carnival Panorama Cruise Review by machaus

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We chose this cruise because it was a brand new ship and thought it would be exciting. It was not, and was a rather bland experience compared to other cruise ships we have been on. I don't think there is anything exciting about this ship. The ambience was very lacking. Lots of advertising for this ship about many things to do on the ship, yet many are just a small area stuck in a corner somewhere.

We travel as handicapped and don't believe the Long Beach port is very handicap friendly. They offer scooter rentals for pickup at the port terminal whereas other cruise lines offer scooter delivery to the room and pick up there. The pick up in the terminal was fine for boarding as you didn't have to wait for a wheelchair. But if you wanted to debark and take your own luggage, it became too much baggage to handle along with scooter. Won't do that again.

Our accessible room was very nice with a nice layout, nice bathroom layout EXCEPT there were no chairs at all in the room. We had to sit on either the scooter or the bed. We had room service and had to put the tray on the bed. Not a comfortable scenario and there was plenty of room to put a chair.

My curling iron quit two days after sailing in a plug where as other things worked fine in. After much frustration and paying for one hairstyle for $ 80; found out there was nothing wrong with my curling iron, but rather something wrong with it working properly in their plug. They brought up a box they called a transformer and I had to plug into that which took up most of the only desk space we had. Not a good experience on a brand new ship.

The food on board was mediocre at best. Many things missing that would be readily available on another cruise line. Very little fruit and always the same fruit, mainly melon. Couldn't find a banana or orange to save your life. Many strange dishes everyday. Cutting board items so, so and were sliced to the bare minimum. There were two sides to the buffet and at 10:30 AM, one was shut down, including the orange juice machine!!!

One day we couldn't get lunch if we wanted it. Was told we could have pizza or a sandwich, REALLY!! Never been on a ship where the included meals were not available. Very bad. Every tomato we had the whole trip was either green to pink and the center so hard you couldn't eat it.

Portions served were small, glasses were small, cups were small necessitating many trips for refill. I really felt the cruise line was trying to pinch pennies with all these type of tactics and push people to go to the pay restaurants.

One other note, one of the public rest rooms we stopped at near one of the lounges smelled so bad, it would gag you. There was a cleaning person in there scrubbing the toilets, but THAT WAS IT and she left after brushing all 3 and left the smell to remain. Not good.

I will most likely cruise with anyone but Carnival in the future. We have cruised on 12+ cruises on all various cruise lines so lots to compare to.
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Cabin was very spacious, enough room for a scooter as well as a walker. Good layout and bathroom was nice layout as well.
Lacking a chair(s) and electric plug would not work with my curling iron.
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