Carnival Panorama Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Very nice ship, nice cruise, but we missed 2 ports

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Carnival Panorama
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Sail Date: Nov 2023
Cabin: Balcony
Traveled with children

I will start with a quick summary of our cruise and then break it down into sections with more detail. First, a little about us, we are an easy going family of four including two kids aged 8 and 11. We have been on nine Carnival cruises as a family so we are pretty experienced cruisers.

Quick summary: Panorama is a very nice ship with lots of amenities, activities, and entertainment to keep everyone happy. We had a nice seven day cruise vacation to Mexico. Our cabin was nice, the food in the Main Dining Room was good or very good most of the time, the casual food was good or very good too. Overall, a nice vacation with everything we've come to expect from Carnival, all for a reasonable price.

Downer: the ship had engine problems and due to this, we were notified one day into the cruise that we would have to skip two of our scheduled three ports. We only got to visit Cabo and had to skip Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan because the ship was not able to cruise fast enough to make all of the ports. Carnival issued each cabin a $400 non-refundable onboard credit for the inconvenience. The credit was per cabin rather you had two, three, or four people in your cabin. I think the credit should have been per person such as $200 per person but at least they gave us something. The cruise contract you agree to when booking the cruise states there is no compensation due for missed ports for any reason. Carnival actually had to cancel the next four Panorama cruises out of Long Beach to dry dock the ship to fix the engine issues. We made the best of it and still had a good time. But, we have been on this itinerary several times and live about an hour from Long Beach port so not a huge deal for us. Other guests who had travelled far were pretty disappointed in missing the two ports.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Balcony cabin. Located on deck 6, starboard (right) side, far aft (rear) of the ship. Very little foot traffic in this area. Nice cabin with modern color scheme and amenities. This cabin can accommodate up to 4 people with a "King" bed for 2, single sofa bed, and an upper pullman bed for 1. The cabin is tight (185sqft) but big enough for 2 adults and 2 kids if you keep it organized and tidy. The 35sqft balcony makes it more spacious and a wonderful place to enjoy the ocean views. The cabin was in good shape and kept nice and clean by our stateroom attendant.

There are two 120volt US style 3 prong electrical outlets, two USB outlets, and one 230volt Euro style outlet on the vanity desk area so plenty to keep your electrical gadgets charged up. There were no electric or USB outlets on the nightstands on both sides of the bed. There is also one universal electric outlet in the bathroom that is labelled for shavers only. I tested the the bathroom outlet and it was able to charge my electric shaver as well as my cell phone (both are low wattage). The bathroom outlet had power regardless of the bathroom light being switched on. Also, we did not have to put a card in the slot by the entry door to keep the lights or AC on or keep the electric outlets powered as you have to do on some ships. The card slots seemed to be disabled in our cabin.

Noise, cabin is almost directly above the Ocean Plaza on deck 5 with live music most nights. While inside the cabin at night you can hear the band playing which made falling asleep a little tough for me but not my family. There are also some speakers on the lanai area right outside the Ocean Plaza so you will hear whatever music is being played in the Ocean Plaza if you are on your balcony at night. We actually enjoyed the music from our balcony but just something to be aware of. Also, on one night when the band was not playing, a large group of people gathered in the lanai area socializing and playing music from a portable speaker (supposedly not allowed) which was bothersome. For future cruises If we are in the rear of this ship, I would go up to deck 7 or 8 to get some more distance from the Ocean Plaza for a more peaceful cabin interior.

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