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Who Is Ralph Grizzle?

He’s the Avid Cruiser, of course.

One of the best known names in cruise writing, Ralph has been covering the industry for well over a decade and has sailed on more than 100 vessels. — Gene Sloan, USA Today

Ralph Grizzle (an avid cruiser)

I began my journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of my ‘sabbatical decade.’ From 1980 through 1990, I bicycled across America, pedaled through Europe and island-hopped the South Pacific.

After backpacking through Bali, bussing through Java, hopping a boat to Singapore and crossing Malaysia to Thailand, I flew into Burma, tramped to Dhaka and endured a 32-hour train ride from calamitous Calcutta to bustling Bombay.

From there, I hopped a plane for Greece and traveled to Switzerland before returning home, where I settled, quite naturally, into a career of travel writing.

“Your magazine is the best cruise magazine and also one of the best — if not the best — travel magazines I have ever read.”

I make my home in Asheville, North Carolina and live part of the year near Copenhagen, Denmark.

When in Asheville, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, lingering in coffee shops and frequent trips to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate.

When in Scandinavia, I enjoy biking, lingering in coffee shops and trying to learn Scandinavian words.

To get home in Scandinavia (from Copenhagen’s International Airport to Helsingborg, Sweden), I go to Hamlet’s Castle and hang a right. No kidding!

My work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and numerous consumer magazines. The North American Travel Journalism Association, awarded my article, Ship Shape, which appeared in the September 2005 issue of Hemispheres, in the category of ‘Best Cruise Writing.’

I am the author of four books, including Remembering Charles Kuralt,’ a biography that Publisher’s Weekly called ‘a sweet and lovely homage, a welcome commemoration.’

But enough about wonderful me. My goal is to provide you with content that engages you and compels you to return often. Thanks for stopping by . . .

Bon Voyage, Ralph Grizzle

Recent posts by Ralph Grizzle

  • Jerry

    Please contact me regarding maiden voyage of Holland America Lines newest vessel – “Eurodam”.

    My wife is projected to be the lead nurse and there is a very good possiblility that I can travel from Venice to NYC.

    Great site you have ! !


  • Amy

    Ralph – I enjoyed reading about your experience on Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager in May. However, I have to correct you on one small detail – the space ratio for that ship is 66 – she is 46,000 tons and carries only 700 guests – that is why she felt so uncrowded to you, she is very spacious. Her sister ship, Seven Seas Mariner, is 50,000 tons and also carries only 700 guest – 71.4 is her space ratio.
    Keep up the great work and safe travels! –Amy in FL

  • Marissa

    Just came back from a cruise in the Emerald Princess two weeks ago. Then I discovered this site which contain a lot of insights about cruising. I would be a constant visitor.

    Thank you


  • Kris Willassen

    Hi Ralph,

    My name is Kris Willassen, son of SeaDream II Captain Terje Willassen.
    I did not find any e-mail address to you so I figured I’d just do this by a comment. I hope you don’t mind.

    I am working on my dad’s new website/blog, and after seeing the “Captain’s Hike” video you posted on your blog (very nice blog by the way), I wanted to ask you if it is possible to share that video so that I can post it on my dad’s new website as well?

    Have a great day!

    Kris Willassen

  • Jennifer Johnston


    It was lovely meeting you on the Seadream trip. Hope you had a wonderful time. Am envious of your lifestyle and admire your sense of adventure.

    Checked your site to make sure no incriminating footage made it! Enjoy your next trips…travel well. Your site was a pleasure.


  • Julie Wartell

    Hi –

    Thought you might be interested in PubQuest ( to located craft breweries/brewpubs in the US and Canada on your cruising adventures.