Katakolon, Greece

Sep 08, 2019 - Sea Cloud


The sunrise was even more spectacular than usual. The sky turned pink and red while we sipped cups of coffee on deck. We were even luckier after breakfast because, while docking in Katakolon (the port of Olympia), we realized that the port housed only our ship! We must have done something great, because it is rare to be so lucky in Olympia.

The wild landscape of Olympia and blooming oleanders welcomed us. Guests asked many questions as we trained in the gymnasium and the palaestra (wrestling center), prayed at the temple, and “sacrificed” Max—the youngest male in the group—to Zeus! After our visit to the ancient archaeological site, the museum revealed its treasures. We admired the Hermes of Praxiteles, the Nike of Paionios, and the amazing pediment sculpture of the Temple of Zeus.

We returned to the ship for lunch and continue sailing south. The sails were up all afternoon, allowing us the rare treat of a visit to the ship’s engine room. Dinner in Sea Cloud’s luxurious dining room was wonderful, as always, and afterward, we attended a viewing of the classic 1929 black-and-white film, Around Cape Horn. Then we enjoyed one last drink on deck while studying the moon and stars above us.

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Eleni Premeti

Cultural Specialist

Eleni is a native of Athens who studied English from the age of 5. She also developed a passionate interest in history and archaeology at a young age, and completed her degree in those subjects at the University of Athens. She continued her studies with courses and seminars at a number of locations in Greece. She has taught English and Greek, and has been helping travelers discover Greece since 1996.

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Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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