REVIEW & VIDEOS: Carnival Cruises Panorama widens your view of fun. The new 4,000-passenger Panorama is perfectly named because it casts a wide net of fun ship features, cheerful cabins, dining for every taste, and top-notch entertainment.
Whether you’re two or 72, the Panorama is a feast of fun if you want to do it all, or nothing at all.
Fun ship features
Those with courage can enjoy exciting ship features such as the SkyRide, an open-air bicycle track that puts you 150 above sea level for magnificent views, or trampolines at the SkyZone that make jumping a joy. The ropes course is also a fun activity for those who want to test their balancing skills, safety harness included. Waterpark favourites include fast waterslides and 40 sprinklers to stay cool.
For areas that are more relaxing, enjoy one of three pools, six hot tubs, a library, casino, spa, gym and more shops than any other Carnival ship. An adults-only Serenity area that features a bar, hot tub, shaded wicker pods and padded lounges is ideal for peace and quiet – and on Carnival (unlike many other ships) this area is free.
Complementing interior and balcony cabins of all shapes and sizes, the Panorama has two special, private-access areas of the ship that suit those who like VIP treatment and extra perks.
The Harbor Family suites are ideal for families with children under 12. These stylish nautical suites sleep five and you’ll enjoy finer linens, plush robes, your own 24-hour lounge with snacks, games and movies, a concierge, free night of babysitting and much more.
Havana Suites are for those with children over 12, and designed with tropical Cuban flair. Some suites have a unique lanai outdoor space instead of a balcony, with a swinging hammock chair and two loungers. Havana passengers also enjoy their own private pool, bar, hot tub and lounge so it’s another peaceful place with perks.
Carnival’s dining will exceed your expectations and there are about 18 venues to satisfy every appetite. Savour delicious meals from the Chef’s Table, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Cucina de Capitano, JiJi Asian Kitchen, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Bonsai Sushi, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, as well as the buffet and main dining rooms that seat 700 to 1,400 passengers. You may as well delay any diet goals.
New to the cruise line is Carnival Kitchen – a fun cooking class for 18 people and offering 15 workshops. You’ll learn Carnival chef secrets of some of their most popular dishes including cuisines ranging from Italian to Asian, from pasta making to sushi rolling.
More than a dozen bars and lounges on board keep the fun flowing from poolside rum and tequila bars, to piano bars playing your favourite tunes. Be sure to buy a drinks package as the liquid temptations can lead to a whopping bar bill in U.S. dollars.
Two new exciting shows debut on Panorama. For the first time, Carnival has dancing drones that interact with the performers to create high-flying moments that add exciting visual elements.
“Rock Revolution” is a modern concert-style show inspired by the legendary Woodstock festival that pays tribute to the music from the Summer of ‘69 and fashion styles reminiscent of icons like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The show features a horn trio and rock band playing illuminated LED-interactive drum sets while the dancing drones fly throughout the theatre.
“Broadway Beats” follows a band of entertainers as they immerse themselves in New York’s most dynamic neighbourhoods that come to life with realistic LED screens of iconic elements – the remarkable skyline, street art and more.
If you love comedy, there are plenty of laughs to be had at the Punchliner Comedy Club which are so popular you’ll have to go early to get a seat whether it’s the early PG-rated or late-night R18+ show.
In typical Carnival style, cruisers on the Panorama ship aren’t shy about participating in the daily games and activities like the famous “Hairy Chest Contest.” And if you like to be the entertainment (and have a ton of fun on stage), participate in the Lip Sync Battle, Love and Marriage Show, Karaoke and much more.
Carnival expects to carry about 900,000 children this year on all their ships, so you can be sure your kids will be well looked after in enormous childcare centres, have a great time enjoying age-appropriate activities and make lots of new friends on board.
Panorama has a space ratio of about 28 (a measurement of space per passenger) and as with any ship with a space ratio under 33, you may find the ship crowded in certain areas at certain times, as well as lineups. However, think of it as an opportunity to make new friends since Carnival’s mantra on board is to “Choose Fun” whenever you can.
The Carnival Panorama is based in Long Beach, California and sails to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Visit carnival.com or call 1.800.764.7419.
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