Compared to the arid appearance of the Greek islands, Dubrovnik was very lush and green and looked beautiful from the ship. The town itself was spotlessly clean and very traditional and although their currency wasn't the Euro, they did accept them.
What we did see of Mykonos town and Little Venice, it was very pretty and idyllic, I would have liked to spend more time there to walk around the narrow streets and sit and watch the sunset on the harbour with the Windmills but it was all too rushed and this spoilt it. If you get the chance to stop here, spend the time in the Town enjoying the chilled our atmosphere.
We had a fantastic guide Dimitri who looked after us perfectly. A lovely time in Lindos and a visit to the Acropolis was well worth the climb (which could have been done on a donkey too!) The view of Lindos and St Paul's Bay from the Acropolis is spectacular and hadn't changed since my visit in 1986. We stopped off at a hand made pottery shop before a lunch in Faliraki at a hotel and time to use the hotel facilities, pool or beach. The meal here was amazing, pasta, Greek specialities, salads and more with wine included! The afternoon was spent in the old town Rhodes before making our way back to the ship (which was within walking distance but a coach was available if needed).
Our last excursion was the gondola trip in Venice which personally was a waste of money. We were rushed through the streets and to a gondolier who was less than friendly (perhaps because it was an arranged trip?) and a ride which lasted less than half an hour - my advice would be to make your own arrangements for this, you would get more value for money by bartering!
Venice itself is an amazing place. It is lively and buzzing. It is busy around St Marks Square as they day gets going, but walking through some of the narrow streets you almost feel you are alone but for the occasional gondola slicing through the water.
By lunch time the Rialto Bridge is packed and the best view of it was from a restaurant on the waters edge. ( Also a welcome shade from the midday sun!) I have lost count of the amount of people who say the hear it "smells bad" in Venice. I don't think it smells any worse than places with water - again, the streets are clean and the water is not littered with rubbish, if this is what stops you visiting Venice then you really have to visit it yourself to feel the magic of this place.