About Ralph Grizzle

Meet Ralph Grizzle, A Passionate World Traveler

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Ralph Grizzle, at the Old Fortress in Corfu Town. © 2014 Avid Travel Media
I’ve been a traveler since my twenties.

I began my journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of my early “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 — with a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, I produce tons of content for my sites, avidcruiser.com and rivercruiseadvisor.com. My goal is to help travelers make informed cruise vacation decisions.

I also do a lot of video work for destinations and for cruise lines such as Seabourn and Silversea. Feel like seeing some of my work? Watch my short film, Antarctica on Seabourn Quest and my longer destination feature on Helsingborg, Sweden, where I lived for nine years.

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Sharing the Antarctic experience on avidcruiser.com and social media channels. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

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, Britton, Alex

I make my home in Asheville, North Carolina. When in Asheville, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, lingering in coffee shops and frequent trips to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate. I have two wonderful children, Alex and Britton, who travel with me often.

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.”

On Assignment in 1994 on The Queen Elizabeth 2

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.”

Ralph Grizzle Antarctica

But enough about 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

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  • How are you Ralph “Bocephus” Grizzle?? Tim Lancaster here. Long time, no contact with you. Hope all is well with you these days. Would love to connect with you and catch up (talked to Douglas just the other day). I see you still spend part of your time in Asheville, We were there for our annual fall anniversary trip about 2 weeks ago and will be back there the first weekend in December. My wife and I are starting to look at some European river cruises for a possible trip next year, some advice from you may help.

    • Good to hear from you Tim. A very long time, huh? Me, you and Douglas are all overdue for a get-together. Say when!


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