Bari was a nice place to have visited. I am sure it would have been a completely different experience if we'd come in the warmer weather but we hired a taxi to take us on a tour and he took us all around. We had a great tour. We actually did the same thing the excursion people paid for but we got around faster and saw a bit more. Plus it was so much cheaper :) We climbed steps and ramps and hills. It seems like nothing is flat here so if you come be aware that there will be a LOT of walking and very little of it will be on a flat surface. The rains pretty much followed our ship all throughout the cruise but that did not keep us from touring and experiencing all we could. It just made it a bit colder than we would have liked.
This place is beautiful. The weather was not too bad. We hired a taxi again to take us on a tour of the island and we go to go to places the ship excursion went to and again, we got there faster and cheaper. We climbed up what seemed like endless steps and ramps to get to a castle/fort place and then climbed that to get to the top of it. We saw ruins and museums and shopped and it was just a wonderful day. Again, lots of walking and lot of ups and downs, but totally worth it!
I really enjoyed Cyprus. We waled through a couple museums and castles. there were orange trees and lemon trees and olive trees everywhere. One of the museums showed the remains of someone that was tortured a very long time ago. it was quite morbid. the head, hands, and feet were cut off and the hands were stuffed up the persons backside. very disturbing. It was quiet since we go there on a Sunday but once we found a taxi he took us all around and told us about the place and it was a good day. Plus, it was our cheapest port. :)
We ended up being in Haifa for two days due to Alexandria being canceled. This was nice. we spent the first day going to Nazareth, Canaan, and the Jordan River and the 2nd day just walking and exploring on our own. We went looking for the Chagall Museum and by the time we had found it it has closed for the afternoon and it would reopen in the evening, but we were leaving that day so we did not get to go into that Museum. We walked around in the Bahai Gardens which were beautiful. Our taxi driver that took us around on the first day gave us an empty water bottle and we filled it with 2 liters of water from the Jordan river, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, and I brought that home to christen our daughter. Very cool.
This was a nice port to visit as well. At this moment I do not remember much other than Ruins. Oh, the... I forget what it was called but the ruins with a temple of Zeus and all that jazz, plus a museum. We shared a taxi with a couple from France and their 3 month old daughter. It was our coldest rainiest day. Our taxi driver took us to the ruins and gave us an hour. At the end of the hour we still hadn't been to the museum so we asked if we can have more time and he said yes. We went through the museum which was so cool AND you could take pictures. Then the driver took us all back to the town. He asked for more money since he gave us more time. We were all taken aback about this because if he'd wanted more money for giving us longer he should have said that up front. We did not give him more money for two reasons, 1 - we planned this to use the last of our euros so we actually didn't have more than we agreed on and 2 - he shouldn't have expected us all to give him 10 more euros without discussing it with us first. It was the same for the French couple. But the cold, rain and driver aside - this was a very cool stop.
We love, love, LOVED Dubrovnik. Shuttle and fee aside, this place was great. We went to the old city and walked an walked and walked. For hours. The weather was wonderful, the city was amazing, the people were nice. There were stray cats and dogs everywhere. The architecture was amazing (I admit, the architecture was amazing at most of the ports and there were also cats and dogs at most ports). We climbed up to the top the the exterior city wall and you could walk almost the entire perimeter of the city from atop this wall. There were plenty of shops and just all of the exploring we did. it was so cool. we'd get lost and then find ourselves and then get lost again and do it over and over. (we did the same in Rhodes. This was my husbands favorite port. It was mine too but I really liked Venice as well.
We got to Venice a couple days before the ship left the port and stayed one extra day after the cruise. Venice was like a labyrinth of beauty and history. again, so much walking and steps and ramps and so on but it was breathtaking and there wee so many basilicas and museums and palaces and so on. we took a short gondola ride on the grand canal and a bit off the main path. We went to the museum of the genius of Leonardo DaVinci and this enormous HUGE church.
There are shops at every turn. Turns out the few shops we went into were the most expensive shops we could have entered, so it was nice to know we have good taste.
I would recommend this city for anyone. Well, anyone that does not have trouble walking...a lot. Such an amazing place.