A – We think the same thing about November on the Rhine as we think about November in Vladivostok. There are better options. But off-season travel still has great appeal to us provided you are willing deal with the cold and rain and possibility of water level issues.
Emerald is the lower-priced, non-inclusive, arm of highly rated Scenic. It is an Australian operation with really modern touches and a somewhat younger crowd than one traditionally finds on the rivers. They compete with Viking River and represent excellent value if you are not looking for an inclusive experience.