Updated: Feb 5, 2019
I have just returned from an amazing cruise on board the Panorama II from Penang to Phuket. What a buzz.
The Panorama II accommodates 49 guests in 25 cabins, with a crew of up to 18. There are a range of indoor and outdoor options for dining and lounging, with the lower deck restaurant the perfect setting for your regionally-inspired meals. Meanwhile, the upper deck offers al fresco dining with sunset views. And the swimming platform at the rear allows you to swim right off the boat wherever we drop anchor.
On my cruise there where twenty plus passengers so we were spoilt.
Come in three categories
A upper and main decks - cabins (10.5-16 sq mt)with large windows in twin or double
B Lower deck - cabins (10-13 sq mt) with porthole in twin or double
C Lower deck - cabins (10.5-11 sq mt) with porthole with twin beds
We were located in Cat B and while the cabin was small it was comfortable - double bed a bit squeezy.
Deck Plan - 3 upper, main and lower.
The Upper is placed at the front of the boat and provided with deck chairs a great place to sit and survey the amazing scenery.
Main deck is where we had our meals while observing the amazing scenery - both island and sea. This was amazing and you have to experience it to fully understand what this adds to the intimacy of crew and passengers.
The itinerary on this voyage was a highlight - the mix of activities ( included in the price) with time off was beautifully managed.
You had amazing interaction with the local people from a local tour guide, rickshaws, local craft and more was just right.
Great mix and really added to the package.
On Board Inclusions
• Use of kayaks, snorkels, stand-up paddleboards and fishing equipment • Turndown service twice a day • Fully equipped laundry service • Swimming platform (weather permitting) • Towels for swimming • Fully stocked bar with professional bartender (charges apply) • Wi-Fi is available for a small charge, though signal can be spotty at time and sometimes unavailable in more remote locations • Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment • Mini library • Board games • Central music • CD and DVD player • Audiovisual equipment in lounge
On Board Entertainment
By day we went on an excursion or lay on the beach, snorkeled, so it was mostly evening to morning that was on the board.
This is not a large cruise ship so there are no gyms, theartre or restraunts. There where a number of activities provided by our guides - films, cooking classes etc
Most of the time was spent getting to know other passengers, and good old entertain yourself.
This was a major highlight of the cruise as impromtu dance and Karioko on the middle deck.
One of the highlights was when a passenger and the Captained jointly sand Amora.
Great service, friendly crew it was the personal aspects of this cruise that made it so memorable.
Everytime you came aboard it was to a moist towel and a glass of ice tea.
The girls who took us ashore where tops.
I give this cruise a 9/10 the double bed was squeezy. Probably should have paid for the Category A room which is bigger.
Whose it for?
Those that like
a tour - but hate unpacking.
to socialise and get to know the other passengers.
to have some activities - but also like some time to explore on their own
like to relax, read a book or see some amazing scenery.
Get back to a world away from hustle of everyday life and step back.
Best cruise I have ever been on. Loved it.