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Ralph Grizzle

Editor, Avid Cruiser

Asheville, North Carolina Area
Leisure, Travel & Tourism
  1. Avid Cruiser,
  2. Avid Travel Media Inc.
  1. Fodor's Essential Scandinavia, 1st Edition: The Best Cities, Sights, and Cruises,
  2. ASTA Agency Management Magazine,
  3. Pace Communications
  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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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.

From 1996 to 2009, I contributed to HEMISPHERES, United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine. 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 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.

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.' For a complete list of my books, visit

Specialties:editor, publisher, award-winning writer



Avid Cruiser
– Present (17 years 8 months)

Experiential reviews and stories about cruising to help consumers make informed cruise vacation decisions.


Avid Travel Media Inc.
– Present (19 years 11 months)

A small publishing company focused primarily on providing travel insights and analysis.


Fodor's Essential Scandinavia, 1st Edition: The Best Cities, Sights, and Cruises
(1 year)

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. Although you’re at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend in Scandinavia!

Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises, 1st Edition

Fodor's Publications
(1 year)

Europe was the fastest-growing cruising region in the world in 2006, and more ships will cruise there in 2007 than ever before. But cruising in Europe isn't the same as cruising anywhere else in the world! This guide offers everything a traveler needs to know in order to plan the ideal European cruise.


Fodor's European Ports of Call, 1st Edition
(1 year)

More Americans than ever are taking cruises in Europe, the fastest-growing cruise region in the world. Fodor's European Ports of Call is filled with concise and practical overviews of over 70 major cruise ports throughout Europe, offering cruise passengers everything they need to know to make the most of their day ashore and enjoy unique shore excursions independently.

Roving Reporter

ASTA Agency Management Magazine
(5 years)

Reported on tourism trends, particularly international trends by visiting the destinations that we featured.

Managing Editor

Pace Communications
(5 years)


Avid Cruiser(Link)

– Present

Experiential reviews and stories about cruising to help consumers make informed cruise vacation decisions.


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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Journalism

Honors & Awards

Cruise Writing, North America Travel Journalists Association

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