Our final shore excursion was chosen by SJ – four hours of sea kayaking around the walls of the old town in Dubrovnik. And whilst initially I had some misgivings, I think this adventure is the standout moment of our cruise. We manage to paddle nearly eight kilometres in the course of four hours, with a 40-minute break to snorkel in a beach cave. The Stari Grad, or old town, of Dubrovnik was extensively damaged during the wars in the late 1990s, but with the help of UNESCO funding, it has been magnificently restored. After our paddle we still have a few hours to walk around the old city walls, explore the Placa Stradun (main street) and even enjoy a light lunch of local meats and cheeses.