Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Hvar, Croatia

    The final day of our Dalmatian Coast voyage began at the charming island of Hvar, an island under Venetian influence from the 13th to 18th century. Despite significant swells as we entered the harbor, we managed to disembark and enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful town bearing the same name as the island. In the town’s architecture we encountered many versions of the winged lion of St. Mark, used by the Venetians as a propaganda tool throughout their maritime empire of the Adriatic and beyond. Highlights of our walking tour included St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where a practicing organist provided a soothing soundtrack to our tour, and the Franciscan monastery, which boasts one of the earliest depictions of the Last Supper including cutlery.

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  • Korčula, Croatia

    We began our day with a sail around the island of Korčula as we heard presentations on board. Local cultural specialist Petra Nostic spoke about the past and present history of Croatia, and historian Dr. Rebecca Ingram spoke about the Venetian Maritime Empire and its legacy in the Adriatic. As we approached Korčula, we saw the magnificent limestone mountains surrounding this medieval town.

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  • Dubrovnik

    On a wonderful Saturday morning we woke up on the Sea Cloud as she anchored right in front of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Dubrovnik is a magnificent city, surrounded by ancient 13th-century fortification walls. We needed to spend our one-day stay wisely, so early in the morning some of us joined a tour of the city walls, while the rest enjoyed the views from the ship. Later we went to the nearby island of Lokrum, all in attempt to avoid crowds in Dubrovnik. And we succeeded! Some of us toured the "cursed" island, seeing the remains of an 11th-century Benedictine monastery and a botanical garden, while the others went on a hike to Fort Royal, that offered a spectacular view of the town and our ship. Later in the day we joined a walking tour of the Old Town itself and were introduced to the history and culture of the small, but incredibly progressive maritime republic that was in existence until the 10th century. And as a cherry on the top was a klapa performance in the cloister of the 14th-century Dominican monastery. A group of men singing local songs in the traditional a cappella way, was a good introduction into an evening out in Dubrovnik.

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  • Kotor, Montenegro

    Just before dawn, Sea Cloud sailed from the Adriatic and into the outer Bay of Kotor.  After embarking the pilot, the ship entered the narrows and passed into the stunning fjord-like inner bay just as the sunrise was striking the tops of the surrounding mountains.  Turning to starboard, Captain Komakin brought the ship to the very end of the bay where the old walled City of Kotor is located. Here, Sea Cloud came alongside.

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  • Krujë, Albania

    After arriving at the port of Durres in the early morning, we set out by bus for Krujë, the historic capital of Albania. After a winding uphill drive, we arrived in the scenic mountain town, settled beneath the country’s central limestone escarpment. A quick walk through the medieval market gave a preview of the shopping that was to come, and then we entered the center of the Krujë Castle.

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  • Sarandë to Butrint, Albania

    We arrived this morning in the port of Sarandë on our first of two days in the fascinating land of Albania. Passing modern towns, peaceful countryside, and a roadside view of the mussel farms of Lake Butrint, we made our way to the archaeological site of Butrint. The site was particularly pleasant in the mild September sun, as we strolled through a lush forest interspersed with ruins dating primarily from the Hellenistic through Byzantine eras. Most of the site’s famous mosaics are covered with a protective layer of sand, but we were able to view mosaics of the Roman baths and the Byzantine basilica. The walls of the site are particularly intriguing and reflect the various cultures represented at this site, from the ashlar masonry of the Hellenistic era to the concrete and brick walls of Roman Butrint. 

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  • Ithaca, Greece

    Early in the morning we arrived on the island of Ithaca, homeland of the legendary King Odysseus. The sunrise found us in the hospitable bay of Vathy. The calmness and serenity of the water, so clear and transparent, were unreal.

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  • Ionian Sea, Olympia

    We woke up and admired the blue color of the Greek waters that were all around us. After an enjoyable breakfast on Sea Cloud, we gathered on the Lido deck for an interesting discussion on contemporary Greece with our local cultural experts that helped us understand what Greece is like today. What followed was a unique experience, we swam off Sea Cloud in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. A dream come true.

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  • At Sea

    Today started with us in the Ionian Sea, readying ourselves for an early morning sail. After breakfast, we heard a play-by-play description of how the crew climbs the riggings to set the sails. As the wind nudged us along, we were introduced to the onboard staff as well as the local Greek cultural specialist before we heard our photo instructor give a presentation on photography composition. We took time to relax and get acquainted with the ship before a delicious lunch was served on the Lido Deck. Then the captain informed us that the winds were just right for a surprise photo safari. The crew loaded willing participants into Zodiacs to get a 360-degree view of Sea Cloud under full sail.

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  • Sifnos, Greece

    Early in the morning we arrived at the island of Sifnos, one of the western Cyclades. We took the Zodiacs to the hospitable bay of Kamares, then headed to tour Kastro (the castle), one of the island’s most important, fascinating, and beautiful sites. On the short drive, we enjoyed scenes of the Sifnian countryside featuring characteristic stone walls, olive trees, and a number of charming Orthodox chapels in the most unexpected places. It is said that there are more than 235 churches on the island, and many feature typical Cycladic dovecotes.

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