Anchors Away! My New Full-Time Job at Cruise Critic

by Chris on May 17, 2013

All about my next adventure: A position as Destinations Editor at Cruise Critic.

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As we sat on our ship’s outside veranda, passing the wooden homes and onion-domed churches of the Russian countryside along the Volga River, my husband let out a happy sigh.

“I LIKE cruising,” he declared, taking another sip from his wine.

Well, that’s a good thing.  Because I’m thrilled to announce that as of July 2013, I will be working full-time as the Destinations Editor for Cruise Critic

I’ve had a relationship with the popular cruise website, part of The Independent Traveler (and a subsidiary of Trip Advisor), since I left USA TODAY in 2009. Editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown, a fellow member of SATW’s Editor Council, gave me my first assignment: A sailing cruise in the Grenadines aboard the 12-passenger Diamant, the schooner operated by the Island Windjammers line.


That trip blew me away. Although I had loads of independent travel under my belt, I found that I loved exploring the world at water level. While many people think that cruising consists only of 6,000-person vessels (and those can be great too), my best memories so far have been on the smaller expedition ships, where you have close encounters with wildlife, and river boats, where local culture is often a short walk from the pier. I’m eager to see what the larger ships have to offer.

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As Destinations Editor, I’ll be helping Cruise Critic’s readers figure out the best way to see the world by ship. I believe that there’s a cruise for everyone, no matter what your taste, adventure level and budget. Cruise Critic has always had journalists at the top of its masthead (my new boss, Colleen McDaniel, is a newspaper veteran), and they challenge their writers to evaluate cruises with a consumer-focused eye. That’s a message that fits perfectly with my value-luxury ethos.

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The job is based in Pennington, New Jersey, not far from Princeton. It means moving, and we’re sad to leave the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and our mid-Century mod West Seattle rental. We’ve made great friends in Seattle, and loved its liberal vibe. I’ve added Alaska, Portland, Vancouver Island and Hawaii to my list of favorite vacation spots. Perhaps someday we’ll return.

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But new adventures lie ahead. Don and I have found a farmhouse to rent in bucolic Bucks County, about five miles from  the artsy outpost New Hope (and an hour from Philadelphia). The property is newly renovated, but still has many original features (like wide-plank pine floors, huge beams, a monster fireplace big enough to roast a chicken, or five). There’s even a barn! The cats will love it, and we might even get a dog; Don still needs convincing.

Of course, a full-time job means I won’t be on the road nearly as much as I have been in the past two years. That’s OK.  I’m excited to be back in the travel editing business, and part of a smart editorial team. While I wont’ be updating this blog very often, I’ll be writing frequently on the Cruise Critic site and continuing social media activities (Instagram is my current obsession).

So for now, I’ll raise the anchors and cast off. Hope to see you all on the high seas!


| Chris Gray Faust is a veteran journalist, travel expert, social media butterfly - and editrix of this site. Like what you read? Check out her writing, editing and social media services.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara Williams May 17, 2013 at 5:20 am

Best wishes to you, Chris! This job sounds tailor made for you.


Chris May 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks, Kara! I think it is too! 🙂


Patty and Alan White May 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

Congratulations! We are high school friends of your parents!


Chris May 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks, Patty and Alan! My parents speak of you often and fondly.


Cam @ Traveling Canucks May 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

Awesome news! Congrats on the new gig!


Chris May 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thanks, guys!


Kent @ No Vacation Required May 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

Congrats you two! If you’re happy, I guess we have to be happy 🙂


Chris May 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

LOL. We are happy about it all and our only sadness is that we have to leave Seattle. I have a feeling we’ll be back in the PNW at some point though. We’ve loved it here, and part of the reason for that is meeting awesome folks like you guys! xxoo


Don Nadeau May 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Yours is so much nicer than Mr. Blandings’ home in the country!

All best wishes to you and Don.


Chris May 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Don! We’re looking forward to the adventure.


Kelly E. Carter May 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Oh my! What changes indeed! I’ll miss you on the West Coast. I was just thinking about visiting Seattle this summer and thought of you. Popped onto your site and saw your big news. Congrats!!! It is a good thing Don likes cruising. I’m sure you’ll manage to get out of the office a fair amount. Happy cruising!


Chris May 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Well, now you’ll just have to bring Lucy out to the farmhouse! I know I’ll be seeing you on the road. Thanks for the good wishes.


Sharon McDonnell May 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Congrats, Chris. I write for, a sister pub, plus many others.

Don’t write for Bucks Magazine, whatever you do! I see you’re moving.

best, Sharon, San Francisco


Chris May 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thanks, Sharon!


Christopher Smith May 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

Best of luck and congratulations on the next phase – you’ve had some great adventures since the EHS days. As a 100K mile flyer for work, I appreciate your showing me some of the places where I might want to cash-in some of my miles to visit!
Take care,


Chris May 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thanks, Chris! It’s been nice to reconnect with EHS alums through Facebook – I love seeing what people have been doing with their lives. Maybe I’ll see you on the road sometime, or at a high school reunion (haven’t made it to one of those yet).


Durant Imboden May 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Congratulations on the new gig–and I hope it leads to more voyages for you and your husband, the cruise convert!


Chris May 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thanks, Durant! I’ll be in the office for the first few months, but that’s OK – the 132 nights on the road last year were a little wearing. Maybe I’ll see you sometime on the high seas.


The Local Traveler August 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

Congrats on the amazing new job! You will do so well! I will make sure to check out Cruise Critic!


Arianwen September 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Sounds like an amazing job. If I had better sea legs, I’d be extremely jealous! All the best!


Savi of Bruised Passports June 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

We love cruises too and we’ve partnered with a couple of cruise lines to prove cruises can be amazing for young, adventurous travellers with great success. I love the sound of your job 🙂


De'Jav Speller September 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

Just discovered you page. This sounds like an awesome opportunity. I can’t wait to hear about the follow up adventures. Best of luck to you!!


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