Beth Van Zant Azamara Cruises

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Beth Van Zant Azamara Cruises

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Ep. 268 – Beth Van Zant used her power to recreate her life after retirement. She changed her life in a radical way to make the life she wanted. But what a challenging life! Can you imagine being a human resources director of people from all over the world? Crew ship staff are on contracts with a specific length. As human resources director, Beth has unique challenges when compared to other HR directors! She began at sea on Radiance on the Seas in 2015 after being an avid cruiser. After retiring from American Airlines after almost 30 years, she decided to work at sea where she joined Azamara in 2016.

In this episode, Beth talks about how her career transitioning from Human Resources for American Airlines to Azamara and how it impacted her.

Listen in to learn how hard times and adversities shape you to become a stronger person. You will also learn why it’s never too late to make changes in your life that make you happy.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to choose a career path that makes you feel fulfilled
  • How misfortunes and difficult situations drive you to appreciate the strength you gain from them
  • Don’t be afraid to change your career or life and do what makes you happy

"You're never too old to change. If you're not in a good place, do something new. Do what you love. This is not a dress rehearsal. This is the one shot you get." - Beth Van Sant 

In this episode you will learn:

Beth talks about her fascinating career working for American Airlines in Human Resources [1:09]

Why she didn’t like corporate America [4:19]

How Human Resources organizes affordable trips for the cruise ship’s crew when in port [5:14]

How the crew onboard become second families to each other [6:03]

The differences between being in Human Resources for an airline vs. onboard a cruise ship [7:07]

Why Beth loves working with the crew at Azamara [10:32]

Why the hardest thing for Beth is having to relay a family misfortune message to a crew member [11:05]

How growing up as a caregiver for her siblings impacted her career choice [12:52]

How she empowers women on board to work hard and better their lives [16:19]

What the future looks like for Beth from where she is now [17:22]

The things she misses both at sea and home when away from either [18:09]

How to use your power to make changes in life if you’re not happy with it [19:43]


Beth Van Zant is from Texas and began her career at sea on Radiance of the Seas in 2015. Beth was an avid cruiser and after retiring from American Airlines after almost 30 years, she decided to work at Sea.

Beth joined Azamara in 2016 and has loved every minute of her life at sea. Beth is proud to work with such a talented crew on Azamara and considers them her family at sea.

When Beth is on vacation, she can usually be found cruising to new destinations!

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