My wife and I cruised on the Emerald Jan.5 in the Eastern Caribbean.
They have now staffed to handle Anytime Dining. This is an improvement from the Transatlantic cruise in Oct. 2007. The Maitre'D asked when we arrived at the DaVinci dining room whether we wanted to share a table. This is our preference as we get to meet different people each night.
The first night (embarkation) there is a Seafood Extravaganza in the Horizon Court which is not to be missed if you like seafood.
We used local taxis to get from the airport and back in Fort Lauderdale. This saved time as there is only about a 15 minute trip between Port Everglades and FLL.
Princess has started a new disembarkation process that may be in place by the time you cruise.
I think you will enjoy a week on the Emerald.
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