First Cruise/Family with both young and older children.

Carnival Panorama Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Carnival Panorama

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 04, 2020

Ship: Carnival Panorama

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2465

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great family adventure.The bigs and the littles where entertained and that is what it’s all about. Feeding my herd and them being happy is no small feat. So glad I got to take them on a relaxing adventures family vacation just my crew before half of them go off to college in the fall


5 out of 5
Very smooth. Admittedly I was ultra nervous and therefore very organized. Super smooth though. It was nice that it was so fast because I was concerned my 4 yr old would get bored waiting and start a fuss.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Definitely enjoyed the MDR. I would have liked to try some specialty restaurants but even at the great price it was gonna be a hit to take all 6 of us.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Everything we did was great. We where very kid centered this trip but my husband and I definitely want to go without them now.


4 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
We had one penguin. One stingray and two in club O2. Our stingray wanted to be there all the time (or at a dance party) the penguin had fun and was happy when there. It was a push to make the teens go but they both made friends. I don’t think that they spent a lot of time in the club but they really enjoyed having a spot to go meet up and ended up making friends so they didn’t have to hang out with each other.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We where in family harbor. The lounge was very clean and the staff was constantly working. Sometimes you ran into a dirty diaper or two that was put in the hall by a parent. Something I honestly kinda expected cause it stuff you see everywhere, when you get a lot of people with young ones in close quarters.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bigger and more comfortable than expected.

Ship tip

Turn on push notification for your hub app if you’re gonna get the chat. I downloaded it a long way in advance and had the notifications off. Because if I had notifications on everything my phone would be dead and I would be constantly annoyed. However if they are not on you have to practically be starting at your messages constantly.

Ports of call

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

4 out of 5
Wonderful adventure. We did our big excursion here we went to las calestas. It was great. I would switch it up a do a ship excursion in Cabo and just walk around this port next time. There was so much to do I will consider a different vacation for this port because I would have liked more time.

Mazatlan, Mexico

3 out of 5
The boys where a bit sea sick this morning so we took the girls off for a little shopping around the port. I know we could have gotten better prices and I think next time we will walk around more but they where still asleep when we got back and I worried a bit when we were separated just cause.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

3 out of 5
I really enjoyed this even though the water taxi tried to not bring us back. The vendors where a certainly pushy I would have paid for somethings had they not been so insistent. I would do an excursion next time because I found the beach was beautiful. We had some great food and drinks though.

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
Wish we could have spent more time because they have so many things to do and great restaurants to check out.


5 out of 5
We stayed till the end. Carried the young ones out to a nice seat and they napped. Since we set our luggage out the night before. I would taking everything of myself it it wasn’t so many suitcases. Definitely it it was just me and my husband, probably even if all the kids were older. But it was smooth to be last. Walked off faster than we did on and that’s saying something.

Traveler Photos

Sea day Italian lunch.
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