We didn't have to walk far to find a table while dining on the Lido deck. We didn't have to fore-go sitting by the pool because of lack of loungers. We didn't have to stroll long on the walking deck to locate comfortable chairs to rest in. In the Workout Room, we didn't have to stand around waiting to use equipment. Approaching the dining room, the waiting was at a minimal. Most nights we just walked in.
The spaciousness of the different areas of the ship were the number one most appreciated feature for us.
The second was the new non-smoking ship mandates. It was so nice to walk down the corridor to or from our stateroom and not smell smoke. It was even nicer to enjoy our balcony without being forced inside due a neighboring smoker.
Because we have cruised otherlines, we fall to making comparisons. And with this cruise there were things we did note:
-No place to sit in the wide staircase landings/elevator vestibules. This is especially a need for people who often use the stairs instead of the elevators.
-Coffee is only offered at the end of dinner, and most often arrived after dessert or forgotten. Only once a second cup of coffee was offered.
-Cold Cuts were never served during the lunch buffets.
-Evening Movie Under the Stars popcorn is very dry and tasteless.
-Coffee was weak - watered down.
-Alcoholic drinks were very weak, as well.
-Entertainment was mediocre.
But there were things about the Emerald we loved, too:
-The bedding in our room was extremely comfortable, and the pillow soft, soft, soft.
-The ship was spotless, polished, and beyond glamerous.
-The waiters, stewards, and other staffers were gracious and amicable from the first day till the moment we disembarked.
-The Workout Room had a grand variety of equipment to appeal to most fitness-conscious guests.
-A wealth of recently released movies were shown on the ship - at Under the Stars, in the Princess Theater, and on the stateroom set throughout the day and night. Several movie channels were offered, along with regular programming and the informational ship channels.