Scenic Group Earns Prestigious Accolades During 2023 Cruise Industry Award Season

The company offers experiences to destinations across all seven continents.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises’ vast array of journeys, including river and ocean cruises and bespoke land destinations, were celebrated across multiple travel and cruise industry awards in 2023. The recognition helps further cement the cruise line’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in the luxury cruise market.

“We are deeply honored to have received multiple industry awards in 2023,” Ken Muskat says, Managing Director for Scenic Group USA. “These awards are a testament to the exceptional experiences our team delivers onboard our fleet of vessels – where refined luxury, best-in-class technology, unrivaled dining, world-class service, and truly unforgettable adventures are not just aspirations, but realities.”

Scenic Group collected five awards in the 15th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards:

  • Best New Ship, Expedition: Scenic Eclipse II
  • Best in Antarctica, Expedition: Scenic Cruises
  • Best Dining, Expedition: Scenic Cruises
  • Best Value for Money, River: Emerald Cruises
  • Best Value for Money, Luxury: Emerald Cruises

In the 2023 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, the cruise line garnered these accolades:

  • Small Ships (fewer than 500 passengers): Emerald Cruises, No. 1
  • Expedition Ships: Scenic Cruises
  • River Ships: Scenic Cruises
  • River Ships: Emerald Cruises

Scenic Group was distinguished in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023:

  • Top River Cruise Lines: Scenic Cruises
  • Top River Cruise Lines: Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours received several Travel Weekly Magellan Awards:

  • Gold Winner – Small Cruise Ship, Emerald Azzurra
  • Silver Winner – Luxury Ship Pool Design, Emerald Azzurra
  • Gold Winner – Small Cruise Ship, Scenic Eclipse II
  • Gold Winner – Luxury Ship Spa Design, Scenic Eclipse II
  • Gold Winner – Expeditions – Attractions, Scenic Eclipse Helicopter
  • Gold Winner – Expeditions – Attractions, Scenic Eclipse Submarine
  • Silver Winner – Cruise Marketing – Campaign-Advertising/Marketing, Partners in Travel

Recommend Readers’ Choice Awards named Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours as the following:

  • Silver Level: Best Cruise Line, Overall River Cruise 
  • Silver Level: Best Cruise Line, Luxury 
  • Scenic Eclipse was honored in the Travvy Awards:
  • Bronze: Best Cruise Ship – Small (Under 500 Cabins)

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours earned recognition in Prevue’s Visionary Awards:

  • Best River Cruise Line Experience, Silver

Over 37 years, Scenic Group has expanded to include renowned brands such as Emerald Cruises, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Mayflower Cruises & Tours, and Evergreen Tours. The group takes pride in delivering award-winning travel experiences that are second to none.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.