Guests enjoyed a special day of sailing, beginning with the setting of the spanker sail over the starboard rail in a maneuver that requires the assistance of all three mast teams. When Sea Cloud was revived in 1979, the spanker boom had to be raised, so this is not an easy or common maneuver. We then were able to put the ship’s Zodiacs down in the open Ionian Sea for the opportunity to ride around Sea Cloud under full sail to see and photograph her in all her glory! And to highlight a full day of sailing, Captain Komakin allowed a little bit of guest participation in the striking of the sails, which also proved to be a great spectator sport. We finished the day with a passionate talk on the history of the legendary ship.
Guests aboard Sea Cloud awoke to a view of the medieval hotspot of Hvar, a dramatic finale for this fantastic expedition. After breakfast, we loaded into Zodiacs to be taken to the bustling inner harbor where we were met by our local guides. The tour began in the lower city with visits to the beautifully situated monastery, an impressive sixteenth-century arsenal, and the cities famous bell tower Loggia. Afterward, we had time to roam the city, stopping in a café or pizzeria for a pre-lunch snack or some people-watching. A few more adventurous guests made the steep trek up to the Fortress Spanjola for a view of the harbor and Sea Cloud off in the distance. Once back aboard, the infamous pasta-wheel lunch lulled us into relaxation mode for the afternoon ahead. Historian Rebecca Ingram woke us with a presentation of the “Wine Dark Sea: Seafaring in the Ancient Aegean” that lead into the special afternoon tea featuring iced coffees and hot chocolate served by our baker Ramona from Switzerland. With our final day on Sea Cloud coming to a close, we enjoyed an exceptional farewell dinner and then a nightcap on the Lido Deck. Gaynor Trammer played the piano while we reminisced about our one-of-a-kind voyage.