We took a water taxi which was a 5 min walk from the ship (15 euros return). Took us to St Mark's Square - although if you've not been to Venice the journey in past all magnificent churches, warehouses and palazzos would have been worth it! We went for a coffee in the far corner of St Mark's Square - a friend told me it would be the most wildly expensive coffee of my life but the best. He was right! It was 40 euros for 2 hazelnut cream coffees (gorgeous!) - the bill was bumped up by an obligatory 6 euro pp charge for the live band playing behind us. Yes, it was extortionate, but it was also magical, sitting outside in the bright sunshine, with fantastic views right across the square with lovely music. That was the only money we spent in Venice - we used the rest of our regrettably short time strolling around the side streets and across the lovely old bridges.
Dubrovnik was lovely. The cruise ship had very efficient shuttle buses for 12 euros pp that whizzed us to the old town. We bought tickets to walk around the city walls (about £10 each) which is not for the faint-footed. Huffing and puffing up slightly slippery stone staircases is well worth it though - the views across the town are beautiful and there's a lovely cafe high up on the north side of the walls serving fresh juices with great views (even if there is a bit of a hard sell for their special fruit cocktail!). Pretty town, we're planning to go back and explore it more. Some friends did the cable car excursion highly recommended it.
We took a tender to Split - the whole process was operating very speedily until one tender filled with smoke and fumes. Some of our party were on it and not happy to be shouted at by a Jade crew member when they asked very reasonably if the problem had been fixed.
Don't miss Split - a beautiful, ancient city which has sprung from a Roman palace. We wandered around the palace (about £5 a ticket)and then the old town - lovely place, very quirky and great to see that all the ancient parts are still lived in and very much part of modern life. Croatian pizza is absolutely fantastic - Poseidon, in the old town, wedged between palace walls, was recommended to us and it was brilliant - thin, smokey pizza crust with oodles of cheese, shell-on king prawns and mussels - yum!