Hazel J Griffiths
By sea and land
I lead a double life - 20 weeks a year are spent travelling, mainly by cruise ship.
I travel as a Destination Speaker - telling our guests about the ports they will visit. I talk about the history and culture, things to do and see,
and how they can make the most of their time ashore in a safe way.
The rest of the year is taken up in research for these up-coming adventures.
Whilst on land, I speak to local groups with a portfolio of talks under 2 headings:
Tales of my Travels and Fascinating Lives.
I used 2020 to write new talks on various topics,
I gave numerous Zoom presentations and some studying too. As well as increasing my portfolio of talks, I built a property portfolio too.
Since returning to sea in June 2021, life has been full once more.
I'm proud to say that the last 3 cruises of 2022 saw my score reach 97%.
I visited my 60th country during that time too - a goal achieved!
My first career was with the Halifax. I moved between branches, fulfilling various management roles, until I became the Call Centre Manager at the Business Centre in Chester. I was managing a team of 50 at this time, covering 5 counties.
The busy and stressful effects of my lifestyle took a toll. After much soul-searching, I decided to make a leap of faith and leave the company.
I studied for my degree in Financial Services, acted as Census Manager for my area in 2001, set up and ran the District Office for the Chester & Stoke-on-Trent District of the Methodist Church.
My love of travel found its home on cruise ships as the perfect way for me to see places. I have developed my skills as a writer, researcher, photographer and communicator. The feedback I get from passengers encourages my development.
I love helping passengers discover new places; through my talks, by chatting one-to-one and escorting excursions.
....And, I'm slowly ticking things off my bucket list!
Talks for Groups - in person or via Zoom
Frida Kahlo - Mexican Mystery
Audrey Hepburn - Epitome of Elegance
Grace Kelly - Perfect Princess or Amazing Actor?
Aristotle Onassis - The Golden Greek
Jackie Kennedy - America's Queen
Fridtjof Nansen – Courage and Compassion: How does a polar explorer win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Santa Evita - The life and legacy of Eva Perón. Was she a saint or a sinner?
The Travel Collection
South American Journey: Travelling to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
A Passage through India
Motion of the Ocean: The story of how I became a Cruise Ship speaker, with tales of my travels.
Exploring the Arctic.
250 ports across more than 60 countries