We find the late sitting to be more relaxed. We also find that if we want to eat earlier (depending on the events of the day or nite), we will present ourselves for anytime dining and ask to be seated. If there is room (and there has never not been yet ), we will get seated. But it is nice to have that late sitting to rely on. The last time we booked a larger table for late sitting, there were only three of us and low and behold we had a private table each night because the other people never showed up. We had extra loving care from our assistant waiter and head waiter. Emerald is a wonderful ship. We last sailed her in December 09 and we are sailing the Star in October Eastern Med.