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Welcome to the Avid Cruiser website!
My goal is to help people like you make informed cruise vacation decisions by providing you with content that is personal, passionate, informed and inspired.
On this site, you’ll find articles, videos and photos designed to help you make the best decision for your cruise vacation, your time on ship and your time in destinations.
It’s important that you know about my relationships with the companies I report on and fees I receive for projects, referrals and leads. I can say what I like, of course, but in the end, you’re the best judge of what’s right for you.
Cruise lines, destinations and travel agents do support Avid Cruiser. So here are some questions that you may have.
Do cruise companies or destinations ever pay us to write specific articles? We wish! Cruise companies, however, do support the site with monthly sponsorship fees.
Do they ever dictate to us what to write? Never. However, cruise companies may submit article ideas that we will publish should we deem them to be editorially worthwhile for our readers.
Do they ever ask us to remove stories that they may not like from our web site? No.
Do we filter negative comments from readers? No. We do moderate comments in that we have to approve them before they are posted. This is to keep out spammers. On the contrary, we encourage opposing views or any information that will help inform others.
Also, we cruise for free. Does that bias us? Hard to say. What is certain is that we can only write authoritatively about ships that we’ve experienced. Moreover, almost all staff at all cruise web sites, including international publications, travel for free or at press rates that are a mere token. We’re also invited on press trips and inaugurals, all expenses paid. Otherwise, we couldn’t afford to cover the cruise industry adequately. Can you trust our reporting? That’s something only you can judge.
Am I a travel agent? No. But I do make recommendations to those who ask for them, and I may receive commissions from travel agents or travel suppliers for referrals and leads.
Feel free to join the discussion by leaving comments.
Thank you for dropping by. We hope to see you here more often.
Best regards, Ralph Grizzle
Editor, Avid Cruiser
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