At Sea

Sep 02, 2018 - Sea Cloud


We began our journey aboard National Geographic Sea Cloud today with a sail through the Cyclades and a sail introduction. We learned the intricate workings of “hitting the riggings” and watched National Geographic Sea Cloud crew go aloft and set the sails. Once all the sails we up, we were introduced to the staff and guides, followed by a presentation on photo composition. Afterward, we had a bit of time to walk around the ship, bask in the sun, or rest.

A beautiful lunch was served on the Lido Deck, which offered views of Santorini. We heard presentations on “Why the Greeks Became Great” and the history of the area. Then the crew took in the sails and we were surprised with an impromptu swim call from the ship.

The first dip in the Aegean was enjoyed by all—if not in the water then while watching from on deck. After drying off and putting on our best, the captain’s welcome cocktail party began. He introduced key members of his crew and we cheered to the great trip ahead. The dinner bell rang and yet another delicious National Geographic Sea Cloud meal was served followed by after-dinner stargazing on Spanker Deck.

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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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