I chose a particular cruise mainly because it stopped in Dubrovnik, which I had long wanted to see. The views and old city are spectacular. But we were stunned at the rudeness of every single person we met, with the exception of one waiter at a restaurant where we had lunch, who was civil. Maybe they knew we were there on a brief cruise stop, maybe it was because we were women, maybe it was because we had five children, but every single sales person or ticket seller we met was just downright mean! From the woman selling embroideries on the stairs, to the woman in a jewelry shop, to the woman guarding the public toilet. Which, by the way, required exact change in local currency, which is hard to find when you have two 8-year olds standing there with their legs crossed...My friends and I, who have traveled throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, have never encountered such across the board rudeness anywhere (not even Moscow, which is famous for it). Like they took courses in it. I am writing this in the hopes that someone in the city's tourist bureau takes notice and addresses this issue. At first we were sad that the on-shore stop was so brief, but we actually left early because we were so disappointed. And, as a result, we bought a lot less souvenirs and food than usual.