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    sleeping...eating...sleeping some more...eating a whole lot more
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    Long Beach

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  1. It is on the bottom of the fun times. They are quite tiny to see, though. Change clocks forward one hour forward 2:00 AM Of Tuesday (Cabo San Lucas Day Monday). Then change clocks backward 2:00AM of Friday (Fun Day at Sea Thursday). Also, always keep on ship time even when you port. Even on excursions, stay on ship time. Hope this makes sense.
  2. Personally, with what I only experienced in my cruising history, I would rank the ships as follows based on what I enjoyed and the layout: 1. Carnival Splendor - Hubby and I love the T-pool if not anything else. We'd stay in the spa area all day if we could, unfortunately we have to feed the kids (such is life). The layout is quite nice though they don't have a wrap around promenade like the spirit class. The ship is big, but not too overwhelmingly big as the Panorama. I miss the ship so much 😭 2. Carnival Legend - I like this ship better than the Miracle only because this has Fun Ship Upgrades, however, I do like the Spirit class ships because of the the promenade area. It nicely wraps around the ship and we enjoyed walking there at night after dinner, not too windy, cold or crowded and close to the water as to not give me a sense of vertigo. 3. Carnival Panorama - We liked the ship, especially Aria because of Dr. Seuss and all the colors. In fact, we would probably just spend the time on board rather than get off in port the next time we book and just enjoy the things the ship had to offer since we already cruised the Mexican Riviera several times. However, we didn't like the vibe of the spa and will not get a spa pass the next time around. The Vista class promenade area is blocked by the Havana area (boo for us peasants) so if I want to walk around the ship post dinner, the top deck would be it. 4. Carnival Fantasy Class - for a complete relaxation, I like Fantasy class ships. It has the Fun Ship amenities. No specialty dining though, but that's ok since their run is only a 3 and 4 day Baja trip. I would be bored if Carnival made the Fantasy class do the 7 day route. 5. Disney Wonder - I haven't cruised enough on Disney to judge but, it's nice for the little one. My son who was 13 at the time said the club bored him, so he says. Everything is geared for the Disney-phile. I liked the ship, but the spa on the Wonder is not as picturesque as the Splendor. Other Disney ships may have better spa areas, so we'll see if we can have a go on it later. The ship layout takes a while to get used to, and I usually have good sense of direction but it was a challenge for me for the first half of the cruise. We do want to try other ships in other itineraries so we'll see about going on the Dream and Conquest class sometime in the future. For now, the little one wants the Panorama...
  3. Indoors? It was pleasant indoors, then again I run cold so, please take a light jacket. On port days, it was warm when we were there. I suggest wearing layers in case it gets cold on your sailing.
  4. Whatever you're planning to wear sounds perfect for the MDR. Capris are fine during the day. Enjoy your cruise!
  5. I also felt the ship was large. My parents and I felt a bit of pain on our lower legs on the first 2 days from all the walking since we were situated towards the front half of the ship. We normally take the stairs on Fantasy class ships, but not this time. I'd probably have an asthma attack if I did. You're right, to go anywhere, you have to get an Uber 😄
  6. You’re welcome. Glad I could help, even a little.
  7. Thank you for sticking around with me. I hope you have an enjoyable cruise cruise.
  8. Thank you, I’m glad to help! Have a wonderful journey today.
  9. It was, wasn't it? I hope to book again soon.
  10. Don't forget to mention them on the survey!
  11. I'd give 5 per day? Depends if your kid is really happy there and made them feel special. Can we ever put a price on our kid's happiness? 😛
  12. Last Thoughts The Panorama is a solid Carnival ship. After being jealous that the East Coast has both the Horizon and the Vista, I’m happy that we West Coast cruisers have a big ship to call our own. The MDR and buffet offerings were as expected. The taste was consistent and there are a lot of choices for picky eaters like my kids. Even the additional charge restaurants are surprisingly good. My only regret was not getting to try the other places like Jiji or the Teppanyaki place. There are just so much to choose from. Next time, there better be a next time. DH and I always visit the comedy club and we feel that this is what Carnival is best known for. We've only seen 2 shows, Broadway Beats and Celestial string. They were nice and different from the other shows, but we tend to skip the others in favor of the Comedy Club. In between comedy club sets, we would be hanging out at the Piano Bar. Piano Dude Gregg is great! I hope he’ll be back on the Panorama when we decided to cruise again. I believe he is either going on the Sunshine or Sensation…or another Carnival ship with an S. The casino didn’t like me so much. I didn’t even get to manage 500 points. Popsie on the other hand had played to get enough points by Mazatlan day that he received a DOU card. I think he ended the cruise with over 2000 points. He doesn’t even drink alcohol! What a waste. He did use it on pineapple juice at the bar. 😭 I hope at least I get some nice cruise offers. Debarkation day wasn't too much of a hassle. We have Tag 11 and our zone wasn't called until around 9:30. We just hung out at the Havana Bar/Ocean Plaza area on Deck 5 after breakfast. Debark is on Deck 4 so the crew are pointing people to Deck 5 to hang out rather than clog the hallway. If it was just me, I would've stayed for as long as possible and nap. But the olds and Bren were getting anxious to go home. They are ready to go home. Unlike me and Aria... who was crying bloody murder because she wanted to stay at Camp Ocean. We had to tell her that we will come back soon. I hope she won't be disappointed when we cruise on the Imagination instead of the Panorama on April... The Panorama is huge. There are a lot of things to do and see. I doubt if you can do everything on one trip. We just planned to do what we need to do at least once and hopefully we'll be back to book on her again. Thank you so much for sticking with me until the end . I apologize for my ramblings. Do let me know if you have any questions. I hope to answer you to the best of my knowledge.
  13. Sky Zone We all wanted to try the Sky Zone Trampoline park but according to the fun squad members, the jumping times are broken up to Toddlers ($5), Teens ($12), Adults ($18). Bren jumped by himself on the first sea day afternoon. Aria and I took a 9AM schedule for Thursday (Second Sea Day). DH didn’t get to jump with us but we were allowed to be at the spectator gallery to take his photos. There are probably 10 kids bouncing all over the place. It was entertaining to watch, especially Bren, who wasn't in any way athletically inclined. Aria was devastated that she couldn’t get to jump with her brother right there and then. It took all of her Marshmallow test effort to stop herself from joining in. So near yet so far. It was fine. With the way the older kids were playing (dodge ball throwing and fast jumping), I’m glad that Carnival decided to separate the age groups. Her patience was rewarded big time, as it turned out that we were the only ones jumping on that time slot. Apparently, it was too early for other toddlers to come in and jump. I don’t blame the parents. I needed coffee myself but I didn’t trust that I will not be sick all over the trampoline place if I was jumping with anything in my stomach. There better be a special place for me in Parent Heaven for giving up coffee for the sake of my child’s happiness. Waiting for the 9AM opening. We just woke up at 8:30... It's too early for this... It was deserted and only us. Yippee! Aria had the full attention of the fun squad members. Keep in mind that kiddie songs like Baby Shark will be playing while you're there. DH was there for photo duties The jousting beam. I could've bashed her with jousting sticks...but I don't want to deal with a crying child without being fortified with coffee first. We tried the rock climbing wall. I have no upper body strength at all. I think Aria enjoyed the Sky Zone although I doubt if she would want to do it again. She was alone with only Michael of the Funs Squad and me to play with. After an hour, it was time to go. Good thing because I was starving. And coffee...don't forget coffee.
  14. Bonsai Sushi Bren was hankering for some ramen. You know how it is with teenage boys. They’re basically bottomless pits at this age. So at around 830-9pm on Cabo day, even after we had dinner at the MDR , we had dinner number 2 at Bonsai Sushi. Aria still absent because she will not appreciate the fried goodness laid in front of her. We didn't try Cucina, Jiji, or the Teppanyaki. We have that all lined up the next time we cruise on the Panorama again.
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