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Carnival Panorama Cruise Review to Mexico

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
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Carnival Panorama

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 11, 2020

Ship: Carnival Panorama

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7456

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great Mexican Riviera cruise on Carnival's Panorama!


5 out of 5
Too easy! I thought we were missing something, but we basicly just walked onboard after doing a simple checkin and found our roomkeys outside our door. Room was ready for us when we boarded.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Lots of fun bars (each with their own unique twists) and lots of choice when it came to specialty food options.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We exceeded the weight restriction for most of the onboard activities, so we only got to watch, but they looked fun! There is a lot to enjoy on the Panorama!


5 out of 5
We enjoyed the stage shows, musicians, and trivia/bingo activities.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great bartenders at the Havana bar and the Alchemy bar, great mixologists and fun to talk with. Waiters were good, but nothing remarkable. We rarely saw our room steward, but he did a good job keeping our room clean.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was very clean. I found the design of the ship to be a minimalist decorating approach, which was neat and clean, but not something that wow'd me.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room wasn't quite as big as I thought it would be, but the location was GREAT! We enjoyed it and the balcony very much. The sofa was hard as a rock, so that was unfortunate, but overall, the room was neat and clean.

Ship tip

I know Carnival caters to kids, so we sailed in January and the ship was not overrun by kids. Weather was great also.

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
I live here, so of course, I think it's a great city!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did our own thing, walked around town, and did not take an excursion. We found a specific bar in town (Happy Ending) and found a nice leather belt (which was my only shopping goal).

Mazatlan, Mexico

5 out of 5
We hired a private cab (right from the cruise terminal) to drive us around--he charged $50 per hour and he drove us all around Mazatlan--we saw the cathedral, open air market, good overview of the town, and of course, the cliff divers. It was a great way to see the town, being guided by a local.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
We went on a ship sponsored excursion to San Sebastian--it was great! It was a small group excursion, there were only 8 of us in a nice van. The guide was great! It included stops at a local panaderia (which was DELICIOUS!), tequila maker, coffee maker, and the old town of San Sebastian itself. Great trip!


5 out of 5
Easy peazy! I was a little surprised by how, NOT in a hurry they were to get us off the ship. I think we disembarked around 10:00 or so. No long lines, just walked off, located our bags easily, and went through customs quickly as well.
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