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Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser

I'm here to provide you with what you need to make informed cruise vacation decisions.

My name is Ralph Grizzle. I'm an extremely fortunate guy who has sailed on more than 200 cruises. Getting here wasn't easy. My father was a logger, and I worked with him in the forests from age 10 until I was 20 years old. I left logging on a bicycle and traveled the world, then returned home to obtain a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At age 32, I began work for travel magazines and launched Avid Cruiser in 2001. I've been writing about cruising ever since.

I want to help you experience the pleasures of cruising, and I'm here to provide what I feel like you need to make informed cruise vacation decisions. There’s a lot to sift through. My hope is that you will be able to click, view and cruise. If you get stuck or feel lost, please feel free to contact me.

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that as a member of the media I am invited on nearly all of the cruises I experience. When writing for you, I strive to ignore the fact that the cruise companies are paying my way, but the fact that my trips are free is something you should know and take into consideration.

Bon Voyage!

3 Important Steps Not To Overlook When Choosing Your Cruise

Check List ImageSo you want to go cruising but you’re confused by itineraries, stateroom categories, the differences in ships and in cruise lines? I know it can be daunting. When I first started in this industry more than two decades ago, I scratched my head for a few years before I began to understand what distinguishes one cruise line from the other and one destination from the other.

To help you sort through the options, this site features cruise reviews for all cruise ships — as well as river cruisers on our sister site, River Cruise Advisor — and a slew of port profiles.

My cruise reviews are designed to help you make informed vacation decisions so that you end up on the right vessel and in the right stateroom. My Port Profiles help you find the right itinerary.

But you have some work to do before you begin reading those reviews and port profiles.

Ready? Let's go. Continue to Step 1.