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.
To say that 2020 didn't go to plan is an understatement!
It gave me plenty of time to write new talks on various topics,
I gave numerous Zoom presentations and some studying too.
No day was wasted.
2021 was much busier - it felt so good to be back on board!
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!
If you want to listen to an interview I gave to Erin Kurt of The Elegant Life, please hit the YouTube button below.
Talks for Groups - in person or via Zoom
Fee is £60 plus travel costs. (40p per mile from Cheshire, CW5)
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.
220 ports across 60 countries