So, the long awaited Venice cruise happened and Venice wasn't the highlight !
Flew into Marco Polo airport and had no problems finding the RCI staff who escorted us to the waiting coach and off we went.
EMBARKATION : A bit of a scrum but was OK, no problems. We boarded just after noon I think and the cabins weren't quite ready so we headed off for some lunch.
Venice, over crowded, full of pigeons and damn well expensive.
But, its great.
Get into the Doge's Palace, try to book the secret itineraries tour at home before you go if possible, you get to go through a secret door in a wall and up to the offices and prison plus roofways of the 13th century building. Excellent.
Also, there is a people mover for 1 Euro to get you to the city from the Dock. Then get a water taxi for 6.50 Euro from there to St Mark's Square. Cruiseline shuttle price ? $25. Ahem......
Bari : WALK it people !
Its 10-15 mins tops along a flat promenade. Clear the port itself and turn left with the sea on your left, the city walls are to your right. When you see a gateway to the city, take it.
Shuttle price on RCI was $14 per person......
Alternatively we hopped onto a land train just outside the dock, we paid 10 Euro each ( but it was supposed to be 15, we haggled ).. then had a 2 hour tour of Bari, including stops and a guide, which was excellent. We left the land train at the final stop and walked back to the ship.
Bari is small, but we liked it.
We booked a local guide for Dubrovnik online whilst back at home and she was superb indeed.
Once again, shuttle to the town was a rip off, we got the local bus for 10 Kuna's each, that's Â£1.20 ! Sweet.
What can I say about Dubrovnik ? Fantastic. Walk the walls, visit the Franciscan Monastery ( Pharmacy ), see ' restaurant row ', maybe sit back and laze a while on a bench over looking the harbour.
We LOVED it.
Be warned though, they DO NOT TAKE EURO ON THE WALLS. Kuna only. From memory it is 70 Kuna.