We have been here before, but a long time ago, and we were impressed at how it had changed and was still a good place to shop. An added bonus was the many dolphins that we saw coming into the Strait of Gibraltar. Again not long enough ashore to see much.
The ship sailing into Venice was an amazing sight and is definitely the way to arrive! The expensive excursion that we had to take instead of sitting for 12 hours in the airport was actually quite enjoyable especially the lace-making island of Burano. We could have continued by ourselves after being dropped off in St. Mark's Square, but do not particularly like all the crowds and rip-off prices, so we came back to the port and then on to the airport. We had a pre-paid voucher for the shuttle back to Marco Polo Airport, but were charged 10 euros each for this on our final on board account!