Venice: The previous evening the Captain had broken into the address system to inform us that due to an unusually low tide our sail into Venice was to be delayed by an hour to allow sufficient water below the ship: to compensate we'd be leaving an hour later. We were all happy to leave the safety of the ship & passengers to the Capt!
Princess issue passengers with tickets for the Shuttle boat from the dock to St Marks Square, a cost of $15 pp is automatically deducted from your cruise account so if the tickets are not used you have to ask for a refund. We initially went into Venice on the People Mover (1 euro pp) & looked around the markets, back streets etc. Then took the Shuttle boat to the square. There were complaints from some passengers that the boat didn't drop them "in the square" & they had to walk to it!!!! (the mind boggles!) The square is stunning & a must see as was the hour long sail into Venice & the evening sail-away with all the lights of this beautiful city sparkling as we left.
Dubrovnik (Croatia): This for us was the highlight of our cruise. We absolutely loved Dubrovnik. We caught an independent shuttle bus in from the docks ($15 pp return) & then bought tickets to "Walk the Walls": the cost was 70 kunas pp: no other currency was accepted although you could use a credit card. The views from the walls of the coast & the little red roofed houses took our breath away, it was amazing & well worth the 1,030 steps we climbed (there were more if you chose to!!!).
Split (Croatia): This was our only tender port & we had to wait almost an hour to be taken ashore. We strolled around this quaint port, taking in the markets, cathedral, water side walk & pretty streets. It was very much an "unwinding" port after the bustle of Venice.
Corfu (Greece): Again, in our opinion only: this was the only let down port on this itinerary. It is obviously suffering from the Greek economic crisis & was tired, dirty & run down. Apart from the market there was very little to see. We had a free shuttle to the port gates but, it was still approx 2 mile walk to the town along a very uninspiring quayside.
Valletta (Malta): My husband got up early to stand on top of the bridge to film the sail into Valletta & it was well worth it. It is a spectacular harbour & a sight we'll never forget. We spent the day walking the pretty streets, taking in the beauty of the "yellow" brick work & generally soaking up the atmosphere of Malta. It was very easy to find your way around & as we found an elevator in the car park near the port it saved us the long climb up to the city! The sail-away was delayed by the arrival in Valletta of a large tanker which made quite a sight.