This was our first time cruising and could not have had a more positive experience. Every attention to detail was covered by Emerald. We arrived a day early for an extra 24 hours in Lyon but still Emerald picked us up from the airport and then again from the Raddison the next day. The ship was immaculate, not a speck of dust and how they keep all those huge windows gleaming is amazing. The staff were wonderful. Jana the Tour Director did a marvelous job, well supported by Drazen the Activities Manager and a host of others. The food was 5 star at every meal, as were the wines. The tours and entertainments were top hole. There is something on offer from 7am to 10:45pm, but of course, nothing is compulsory. That said, the tours were not to be missed with knowledgeable guides and fascinating places. The onboard entertainments offered something for everyone. There was never a dull moment, and certainly never a hungry moment or any problem with getting a drink!
We wondered how this would work. The "balcony" is part of the room but the window drops right down so that the scenery and air come straight in. In the event it was fine. Lovely to wake up to the wonderful views passing by. The room is not particularly big but it was absolutely fine because there is no need to spend much time in your room. There is always somewhere quiet and comfortable to sit where there is waiter service! This particular cabin was well placed at the end of the corridor so very convenient for the pool and fitness areas. The only minor niggle was that our cases did not fit in the under bed storage even though we thought we had taken accurate measurements. In the end this was not a problem as our cases were taken away for storage and returned at the end of the week for packing.