Sailing the Aegean

Sep 09, 2018 - Sea Cloud


After a night of sailing westward in the Cyclades, we awoke positioned south of Paros. While enjoying breakfast, we delighted in daytime view of Poseidon’s Temple (Last night, before heading to bed, we basked in its lit-up glory). After finishing our morning coffee, Chief Officer John gave us a brief sailing overview out on the Spanker Deck. Once acquainted with the ship, the expedition staff, and the Greek cultural specialists, we heard a presentation by naturalist and photo instructor Jose Calvo on photo composition.

A delicious lunch was served on the Lido Deck as we sailed the Aegean with views of Santorini in the distance. With bellies full, there was time for the traditional custom of a siesta. Once recharged, historian Dr. Rebecca Ingram gave a presentation on the Aegean Bronze Age and a preview of what to look out for the next day in Santorini. After an excellent day of sailing (We reached up to 7 knots; in ancient times, 5 to 7 knots in the Aegean was ideal), the crew went aloft to secure the sails, putting on a show of agility. Once the sails were up, there was a surprise swim call for the first dip of our voyage. Those who chose not to partake were entertained by the hotel manager—also the designated lifeguard—up on deck, and they looked out at the bobbing heads of those who took the leap.

Our day concluded with a welcome cocktail party held by Captain Komakin at the Lido Bar. He introduced himself and his key staff, and he reconfirmed this special experience of sailing on the extraordinary Sea Cloud. The dinner bell rang, signaling that it was time to eat. As we descended to the dining room, the sun set, lighting the sky with brilliant shades of pink and orange.      

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About the Author

Leah Eaton

Assistant Expedition Leader

Leah grew up in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest with Olympic National Park in her backyard, and it was here where her love of all things wild began. Ever since she ran around shipyards at an early age and watched her dad work in the marine trade, she has loved being near water.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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