Oh God, you are in for a dream cruise and Venice is my favorite city on God's earth and Santorini is my favorite island on God's water..so much to say...but to play it safe, I would suggest contacting Hemisphere Magazine website (they do the inflight magazine for United Airlines) and ask for a copy of the article "3 Perfect Days in Venice", which gives you great insight into the "real" Venice..then borrow or purchase a DVD from either Rick Steves or, Rudy Maxa from the PBS website, which again gives you an "inside" perspective of Venice. Have you made your pre cruise hotel reservations yet ? If no I'm sure many CM'er's can give you great advise but my suggestion is to try to find one off the beaten path..
final suggestion, walking is a big deal in Venice and the streets are cobble stone and uneven, so make sure you have comfortable shoes (sneakers) and all your luggage have wheels on them..Ocotber is a great month, you should miss the crowds and the rain, but it could be alittle cool at night
If I can remember the website that has all the events going on by month I will e-mail it to you. If you remember and can place in your follow up, my GF and I are planning to go to Venice (she has never been there) around April 11th (in conjunction with doing a Peter Deilmann River Boat cruise on April 15th..we are riding the train from Venice to Lyon) so contact me around the end of March or when we return at the end of May and I can give you some additional information
you'll love all your ports, Mykonos has great windmills and nude beaches (I didn't tell my GF about the beaches)
yep, it's real old. I'll see if I have my copy and if I do, I'll e-mail you privately and arrange to either mail or fax it to you...I'm envious, of all the places that I have cruised in the world, that area was my favorite and cruising out of Venice is one of those life time memories..but then again I may be a "tad" bias (VBG)
October in Venice is perfect. While there, check out the Doges Palace, St. Marks Square and of course take a Moonlight Gondola Serenade. We happened to be there for a full moon. Talk about romantic. Stop in one of the Glass blowing places.
Mikonos - we just got off and walked the neat little streets, then find a place to sit down and have a drink and bite to eat right on the waterfront. Loved it.
And Athens, climb the Acropolis. The view is wonderful, and the ruins..... the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and Propylaea and the temple of Nike are must see. But you would not want to miss it. And if you have time, take a walk thru the Agora (ancient market place), now narrow streets and many little shops and places to eat.
O.K., Senior Moment - I can't remember what we did on Rhodes. If I remember, I'll be back.......
On our med cruise, we took an excursion to the island of Delios (sp?) while in Mykonos.
If you are really into Greek Mythology -- it's the birthplace of Apollo, I think -- it's very interesting, excavations and so forth. I often forget details of many of the places I've traveled, but Delios sticks in my mind. It's also fit my vision of a '"Greek" island, arid, surrounded by the most beautiful deep blue waters. Unfortunately, taking the excursion meant we didn't get to do more than walk through Mykonos, although, frankly, I don't know what else there is to do there, except to have lunch and watch the locals on the sea shore.
In Dubrovnik, take a walking tour, or just do it on your own. We ended up on a walking tour of the old city -- not much to it -- and then a bus trip to a coastal town, pretty, but could have saved the $$ and just walked Dubrovnik on our own and been just as happy. Others have mentioned the sites in Athens, and Venice. Beware the cafe's around St. Marks, where the wonderful musicians play -- they charge just to sit at one of the tables, and to order? $$$$