This was my 15th or 16th cruise and 2nd on HAL. Flying into Venice was amazing, It was like a picture coming to life. The ship picked up a group from the airport and loaded us on to a bus and took us to the ship. Embarkation was very easy! The rooms were ready when we arrived (approx. 11 am) and the room and bathroom were fantastic. A full bathroom inc. a bath! And this was for a regular cabin!! Immediately headed into Venice to explore and go shopping. The Water Bus (not the water taxi as that's a lot more money!) was easy to get to and dropped you off right in front of St Marks Square. about 15 Euros for a round trip. Lots of shops and tourists so venture out a bit throughout the alleys and explore! Back to the boat for the life drill and then back into the city via the People mover (3-4 Euros round trip.) - The people mover drops you off on the other side of the island and it's a long but fascinating walk to St Marks Square - make sure you look for hidden churches and beautiful sculptured windows and door knockers/doors. You'll see many famous bridges by taking the people mover but will do a lot more walking!! Summer is VERY hot and humid too, so be prepared!!!
Croatia - took the shuttle (16 E) to town and did the fort tour (again, lots of walking up steps!) for an amazing view. Lots to see in Dubrovnik!
Albania - walked along the "beach" which was mostly pebbles - and down a couple of streets - we heard the tours were fascinating esp the Blue Eye lagoon.
Nice sized bathroom, larger than any I've experienced on a cruise ship! Was pretty quiet during the night too!! beds were very comfortable as were the pillows. Cabin stewards were awesome. Lots of closet room but not a lot of cabinets to put clothing in. A hair dryer comes with the room. Essential shampoos/bath soaps with aromatherapy were very nice!
Everyone who loves to travel MUST see Venice...even if you are exhausted from the flight, make it happen! Cross the bridges, wander the back streets, see St Marks Square and all the ins and outs of the city. Take the Water Bus, not the water taxi as that's a lot more money! or the People Mover, which drops you off at the other end of the city and you must walk but you see a lot!! it's a fascinating city!!
Very hot but be prepared to walk a lot if you are going into the city. Walking to the top of the Dubrovnik Fort was an experience and affords an amazing view of the harbor. Lovely people and an amazing history!
Did not do a tour so we walked along the boardwalk and did some minimal shopping. Had to take a tender in. I heard the Blue Eye Lagoon tour was fascinating! Not much to see in the city as it's an up and coming tourist area. Very nice people.
Took the Hop On Hop Off bus around the country and its very easy to see a lot that way. Stop at the Visitors center next to the bus stop for a coupon book and save a few Euros both for the HoHo bus and some attractions. It's an expensive city so prepare! You can walk if you wish, but the bus is so much easier to see everything! if you like the racecars they have a great museum and a walking tour along the Grand Prix racecourse- it's about 4 miles and in the summer is VERY warm.