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an ad­di­tional charge — there are two spe­cial­ity res­tau­rants. We chose the Ori­en­tal Plaza, which of­fered ex­cel­lent Asian fare.

Al­though this is an Ital­ian ship, with so many dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties on board, an­nounce­ments were de­liv- Doge’s Palace in St Mark’s Square, Venice ered in sev­eral lan­guages.

The mood in the evening was re­laxed as you walk from one room to an­other dip­ping into the en­ter­tain­ment.

My wife en­joyed danc­ing to a live band and there were young chaps on hand from the en­ter­tain­ment team to dance with her while I opted to keep my bot­tom on my seat, drink in hand.

I did strut my stuff a cou­ple of times but I think Strictly’s John Sergeant has more rhythm than me! And, of course,we had the var­i­ous stops and ex­cur­sions to rel­ish.

Hav­ing been to Dubrovnik be­fore, we chose to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent there this time, book­ing a tour com­pris­ing a 30-minute coach drive along the coastal road to an old vil­lage in pretty Kon­avle Val­ley. We en­joyed lo­cal Dal­ma­tian mu­sic, song and folk danc­ing in tra­di­tional dress.

Croa­tia has a cou­ple of thou­sand Jewish res­i­dents, in­clud­ing a sprin­kling in de­light­ful Dubrovnik, where we had an hour to wan­der the charm­ing old town af­ter re­turn­ing from the vil­lage. Strolling along Stradum (the­main street) was a real high­light on an­other mem­o­rable day.

Our cruise fin­ished where it be­gan — in Venice, and we did not mind see­ing this gem a sec­ond time.

Cruis­ing is leav­ing its peak sea­son right now so price-wise it’s a good time to sail. Pick up some win­ter cruise in­for­ma­tion at The Cruise Show at The Vil­lage Ho­tel in El­stree on Novem­ber 14 and 15.

Left: Be­low: Dubrovnik, Croa­tia’s cap­i­tal

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