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.
Nearly 20 years later, I specialize in writing about cruises. Cruises, in fact, are all that I write about these days. I’ve made such a profession of writing about cruises that I average traveling on one ship per month. In my lifetime, I have cruised on more than 100 ships.
I publish a newsletter, Cruise Observer; a magazine, The Avid Cruiser; and am cruise editor of Hemispheres, United Airlines’ in-flight magazine. If you’re a long-timer in the industry, you may know me from Cruise Week, which I launched in 1995. My roots go back further: I specialized in cruising between 1990 and 1995 as an editor for ASTA Agency Management, back when the American Society of Travel Agents published a magazine that was on every owner/manager’s desk.
I get better with age (don’t we all?) 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.”
The Baltic is my favorite cruising region; Alaskan Amber is my favorite beer; and when pressed, I tell people that Windstar is my favorite cruise line.
My work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and numerous consumer magazines. 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.”
I live near Copenhagen, Denmark, and also in Asheville, North Carolina.
But enough about wonderful me. My goal is to provide you with photos that engage you and compel you to return often.
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- Ralph Grizzle
- August 2006
- Copenhagen, USA
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Travel Writer
- Avid Cruiser