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Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 4

It’s the last instalment of the Sassoli-Walkers bucket list cruise as they spend a day in Victoria, Canada before taking the train from Vancouver to Seattle.

Andrew’s photographs never fail to amaze and this cruise has certainly given him the platform to show his skills at their best. If you have enjoyed the first three blog posts, you are going to love Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 4 just as much.

Here it is in Andrew’s own words and pictures.

Day Eight

A visit to charming Victoria in Canada on our last evening onboard Emerald Princess which rounded off our Alaskan adventure very nicely indeed!

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Emerald Princess docked in Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Inner Harbour with Canadian Parliament Building at dusk. Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Last sailaway – Emerald Princess

The cruise might be over, but for us we still have another day in Seattle followed by a 3 night stay in Vancouver.

Day Nine

So, normally a cruise comes to it’s conclusion and one disembarks with a tinge of sadness that it’s over. Not for us, as we decided on a one night stay in Seattle followed by a trip to Vancouver for a few days!

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States (source Wiki)

Instead of going to admire the view from the Space Needle, we opted for the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Tower which happens to be the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – View of the Space Needle and Emerald Princess in Seattle

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker: Emerald Princess sails away on another Alaska cruise from Seattle

Whilst up there we had a grandstand view of Emerald Princess departing on another Alaskan cruise.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker: Seattle Southside at Sunset from the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Tower, the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.

Day Ten

Another highlight of our adventure was taking the Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle to Vancouver.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Anyone familiar with the line between Exeter and Teignmouth will always be impressed when the line hugs the coast around Dawlish. Well this was the same but magnified to an phenomenal scale! We opted for business class which, was worth the extra as the train was packed solid. Certainly a trip I would wholeheartedly recommend!


I hope you have enjoyed reading about Andrew’s family cruise. Links to parts 1, 2 and 3 are below, in case you missed them.

Andrew has his own website and is available for professional photoshoots. Details can be found at solentphotographer.com

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Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 1

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 2

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 3

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 3

It’s great to see that you are all enjoying these updates as much as I am. Andrew really has an amazing talent for capturing the beauty of the landscape.

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 3, sees the family sail through the Tracy Arm Fjord, visit Juneau and Skagway and enjoy whale and dolphin sightings.

Day Five

Sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord was amazing!

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord

The liquid sunshine that so often falls in Alaska came down big time in Juneau,

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Juneau, Alaska

but that didn’t stop us having a wonderful tour that encompassed a visit to the Meadenhall Glacier,

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Meadenhall Glacier, Juneau

followed by whale watching.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Whale Watching, Juneau

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Whale Watching, Juneau

What a day! This cruise is exceeding expectations at every turn!

Day Six

It was a rainy day in Skagway, but we enjoyed a nice wander around this town that made it’s name and fortune from the gold rush.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Emerald Princess docked in Skagway

Rocks around the port are painted with various ships that have visited. One that stood out was a P&O / Princess captain who retired.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Skagway rock art with tribute to Captain I.G. Clark

Day Seven

A day at sea, and the sun has finally returned! A Bridge visit and within minutes we saw dolphins off the starboard bow.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – View from the Bridge of Emerald Princess as she sails Alaska

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker Dolphin spotting from the Bridge of Emerald Princess as she sails Alaska

It was a day of relaxing, larking about in the pool and watching some concerts on the screen. In the evening there was a lavish gala dinner followed by another movie under the stars.

This really has been a cruise full of wonderful experiences and memories that will last a lifetime…

Have you read part 1 & 2. If not you can find the links below.

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 1

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 2

Recommended Reading: Princess Cruises to build two LNG cruise ships

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 2

If you read my last post, you will know that cruise photographer Andrew Sassoli-Walker and his family, are currently onboard Emerald Princess cruising around Alaska. It is an honour to be able to bring you Andrew’s stunning images on my blog as you will see they are pretty sensational. So sit back and enjoy a few more photos and a bit of an update in Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 2.

Day Three

Our first day at sea started with seeing humpback whales whilst enjoying breakfast. Once the sea fog had cleared, a most beautiful afternoon and evening at sea. Enjoyed the “Movies under the stars” in the evening.

Day Four

Ketchikan, which is one of the wettest cities in the world greeted us with brilliant sunshine! Sea planes, fishing boats and pleasure craft were all out and about very early.

Within minutes of disembarking this wonderful town, we saw bald eagles, seals and salmon in the creek.

Although only a half day visit, there was more than enough time to soak up the atmosphere of this great little Alaskan town.

My expectations of this cruise have been constantly exceeded so far. The crew of Emerald Princess are a happy bunch and nothing is too much trouble.

Read the next instalment: Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 3

In case you missed it: Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 1

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 1

Andrew Sassoli-Walker is a very talented photographer and keen cruiser. He is currently cruising onboard the Emerald Princess with his wife and two small children to Alaska, a destination he has dreamed of visiting since he started cruising decades ago.

I asked Andrew if he would mind sharing his journey with us and I was thrilled when he agreed to do so. When he sent through the first few photos of his journey, I was stunned, and he hasn’t even arrived in Alaska yet! With a few words from Andrew, here is a glimpse of the story so far.

Day One

It was a very long day, but very good. Our flight with Virgin Atlantic was faultless, the service onboard attentive. A few crew members asked about our Alaskan adventure.

The grandeur of Greenland was as astonishing as ever, the views were breathtaking. It was the ideal start to our Alaskan adventure!

On arrival at Seattle Airport, a Princess Cruises representative was there to greet us and very efficiently dispatched us onto a bus to the Doubletree SeaTac where another Princess Cruises representative greeted us.

Doubletree By Hilton SEATAC Airport

Doubletree By Hilton SEATAC Airport

Doubletree By Hilton SEATAC Airport

Doubletree By Hilton SEATAC Airport

Day Two

We had a comfortable stay at Doubletree SeaTac.

Embarkation the following day was extremely smooth and well organised from the moment we were picked up right to the time of  getting onboard. From getting off the bus to stepping foot onboard it took no more than 15 mins!

It was a gorgeous day weather-wise and an added bonus was that the annual Seafair festival was on, so we were treated to an air display by the famous US Navy “Blue Angels”!

US Navy “Blue Angels”

Departure soon followed, and our Alaskan adventure truly began. Emerald Princess is in superb condition and is well looked after.

Read the next instalment here

Princess Cruises are offering up to $1000 spending money on more than 130 Alaska voyages departing between April and September 2019. Deposits are reduced to just £50 per person during the promotion, but be quick as the offer only lasts for bookings made by 10 August 2018. The full range of cruises on offer can be found here

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Cruise People – Jenny Elliott – Celebrity Cruises

Jenny Enjoys Helping People Find Their Dream Cruise

I first met Jenny in 2009 at a bmi cabin crew recruitment day, where I discovered her sweet nature and passion for travel, as we shared our nervousness and excitement at the time. We recognised each other two years later when our paths crossed again but this time it was at the Royal Caribbean office in Weybridge. Jenny now works solely for Celebrity Cruises and I wanted to find out what life is like for a Personal Cruise Specialist.

How did you come to work in the Cruise Industry and what was your first job?

I did a 2 year BTEC course in Travel and Tourism where I achieved a distinction! Straight from college I started working for First Choice in one of their travel shops and stayed there for 5 years. After that I decided to move onto selling Cruises. I worked for Teletext Cruises and then onto Royal Caribbean.

What is your job role and what do you enjoy about it?

I am a Personal Cruise Specialist for Celebrity Cruises. I enjoy talking to different people and helping them find their dream cruise. Some people have saved for a long time and need help with what to book. I have built up a good client database and have regular guests who always keep in touch, even when they are onboard.

Jenny receiving her award for Outstanding Customer Service

What is the most memorable event you have attended as a result of your job?

There have been a few but I would probably say the Emma Pontin Memorial Event onboard Eclipse sticks in my mind. She is the Godmother of Eclipse and sadly lost her life to breast cancer a couple of years ago. She was a real inspiration to me and when she passed it was very sad for all of us at Celebrity. We held a memorial onboard the ship in her honour and invited her family and friends along. We presented them with a special glass penguin that was made on the ship, as that was her favourite animal. You can see the penguin proudly standing next to her portrait on Deck 3.

What challenges do you face in your day to day job role?

The main challenge is availability. We try and encourage guests to book early to secure direct flights, or specific room configurations, such as adjoining rooms, midship locations or accessible rooms. But the closer we get to the date of departure, the harder it is to find guests exactly what they are looking for.  It is disappointing for both us and the guests, when there is no availability.

What was your last holiday?

In September I flew to Seattle and went on a 1 week Alaska cruise. The landscapes there are amazing and I’ll never forget flying over the Juneau Icefield in a seaplane, just a couple of hundred feet above a glacier. There is so much to see there I think you could easily spend 3 weeks visiting different places. I would do another Alaska cruise without hesitation.

Cruising in Alaska

Have you got your next holiday booked and what/where is it?

Currently my next holiday is a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords next September onboard Celebrity Silhouette. I have some friends coming with me as it is my 30th birthday next year. My parents are also coming as it is my Dad’s 70th. I have not been to the Fjords before so I am really looking forward to it. The pictures that I’ve seen from my guests look amazing!

What are your hobbies?

Cruising of course! I’ll try and do at least two cruises a year. I also enjoy going on country walks. I borrow two Wee-chons (Westie x Bichon Frise) from a neighbour and we walk through the fields. They love the outdoors. I like doing yoga to help me relax as working in the office can be stressful sometimes.

Name one or more things on your bucket list.

I’d love to cruise around New Zealand as it looks like a beautiful country. Alaska and the Norwegian Fjords were on my list but they are now ticked off.

If you could create your dream cruise what would it be? 

I’m happiest when I go away with my close friends. I also love sailing from Southampton because you don’t have to fly and have a couple of relaxing sea days before the ports begin. My dream room would be the reflection suite that has a cantilevered shower! Or one of the new edge villas that have a private plunge pool!

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking their first cruise?

Do it! You won’t regret it. I book so many people on their first ever cruise and everyone comes back raving about it and want to book another one straight away.

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