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Carnival Panorama Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
80 reviews

Avoiding large crowds

Review for Carnival Panorama to the Mexican Riviera
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Grand Suite
Elegant Affair Cooking Class

Carnival panorama is a beautiful new ship. Everything is new, carpeting, furniture, drink ware, flatware, etc. with over 4,000 passengers public spaces are very crowded though. The beach pool area midship and tides pool area aft fill up by 9am every morning with people reserving loungers and chairs with towels, caps, and backpacks. For adults only, the serenity area isn’t quite as crowded but there is limited spaces and people reserve spaces up there like the other pool areas. There is one pool area that is not crowded, the Havana pool area. Here there are two hot tubs and a infinity pool. If you don’t like dealing with a crowd and would rather relax on your cruise you MUST cruise in a Havana cabin. The Havana pool area has the best aft view of any public spaces onboard. It’s very laid back and service is outstanding. The area has ample loungers and several day beds for relaxing. There are even call buttons for service. You don’t need to get up from your lounger or daybed or pool or hot tub to order a drink. Just press the call button and a waiter will be there in seconds. This is also the best place for viewing whales in the Cabo area. It was NEVER crowded here. Of course you must cruise in a Havana cabin or a Grand Suite cabin to have access to this area and they monitor this very strictly. It is well worth it for these cabins. We will definitely do this cruise again in a Havana cabin.


Main dining rooms were ok. Lido marketplace was ok and the omelette bar here is great. The steakhouse was great and the table art desert is a must if you eat at the steakhouse. Bonsai teppanyaki was good food with a great show by the chefs. Seafood shack was ok, pizzeria was ok, and Cucina Del Capitano was ok. We also did the Elegant Affair cooking class. This was a lot of fun and the chefs were very accommodating and helpful. We prepared an entire meal at our individual workstations lead by a chef. Then afterwards we were served the meal prepared by the galley, which was much better than what we prepared. Our best dining experience was the Chefs Table. It was the most interesting dining experience ever, you must do the chefs table. It’s like no other meal you’ve ever experienced. It is well worth the price.

Cabin Review

Grand Suite

It was fine with plenty of room. Cabin steward was fantastic. Lots of storage space and lots of closet space. There are plenty of electrical outlets and ample USB charging ports. Large bathroom with plenty of water pressure in shower and great jetted tub.

Port Reviews

Puerto Vallarta

We hired a taxi driver for three hours for $100 US. He took my wife and I and my wife’s mobility scooter where we wanted. We visited the cathedral and then we wanted to look at fire opals. He took us to an opal store owned by “his friend”. Some beautiful fire opals but My wife didn’t like any of the settings. He then took us to some shops off the main shopping area, not at the Malecón. We were hungry so he took us to a restaurant on the outskirts of town. We ate upstairs and had a beautiful view of the mountains. The beer was VERY COLD. We then did some drive by site seeing and returned to the ship. We paid for everything with pesos and everything was a little cheaper this way.

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