Sea Cloud entered the peaceful, scenic harbor of Ithaka, Greece this morning at sunrise. The steep mountains surrounding the small, serene port were clothed in green hues of pine, olive, and cypress. The waters were still and mirror-like, reflecting the modest collection of whitewashed buildings collected along the waterfront. After breakfast, we used the Zodiacs for the first time as tenders for the short ride to shore. We boarded coaches for the half-hour trip up the mountain to a Greek Orthodox monastery, where we enjoyed a tour of the church with its collection of icons and frescoes. Our guides, Eleni and Smaro, gave us wonderful explanations and told us the history of the island, famous for being the home of Odysseus, the mythical hero of Homer’s Odyssey. After some free time in Ithaka town, we returned to the ship for lunch on the Lido Deck. Later, we had the opportunity to go in Zodiacs to see Sea Cloud under full sail. Before dinner, Allan gave a lecture on Olympia, tomorrow’s destination, as we continued our journey.