We have cruised on many different Carnival ships over the past few years and have a broad range of experiences with different cabin classes and the amenities and layouts of both their older and newer ships. We stayed in a balcony cabin this time around and as Gold VIFP members, got the almost zero perks our class of membership gets. After sailing 50 nights over the last few years, we still have 25 nights to go to get to the real benefits which come with being a Platinum member. Onboarding out of Long Beach was a massive line, which went relatively quickly. Platinum guests walked right up with zero boarding time wait. Prior to the pandemic we would buy faster to the fun, which gave us many of the Platinum benefits for a price. I am glad to hear that Carnival is bringing back faster to the fun, a perk which gets you quicker boarding, tendering and de-embarkation, the things that really matter to us. In Cabo, we had to wait five hours to get off the ship, which seriously cut into the time we could spend enjoying our first destination. The staff on board were stellar and attentive. The main dining room and buffet food were excellent and on par with all the major cruise lines we have sailed in the past couple of years including NCL, Holland, Princess and Royal Caribbean. I would say the food on Holland America is just a notch better, especially in the buffet. Our room attendant kept our cabin sparkling and was friendly and attentive to any special request. The disembarkation was the zoo you would expect from a ship that had 4,716 passengers all who desperately want off as fast as possible once in port.
Prior to this sailing our experience on the Vista class of Carnival ships was in a Havana Cabin, which other than creaking and groaning under heavy seas was a very peaceful experience. In contrast, our cabin on the Panorama had us calling the ship the Slamorama for the entire cruise. I am not blaming the passengers for the most part as it is easy to let the doors go, both the stateroom interior door as well as the balcony doors when you are entering and exiting. The noise they generate reverberates through the ship, both on the same deck, as well as above and below decks. It will literally wake you up in the middle of a nap or the night, it is that loud. I will never cruise on this ship again, unless I spend the big bucks to stay in a Havana Cabin.