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Cruises to Cartagena (Colombia)

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About Cartagena (Colombia)

You're in for a big treat if you've booked a Caribbean or Panama Canal cruise with Cartagena on the itinerary, as this lovely old town and resort on Colombia's Caribbean coast is quite deservedly the country's most popular tourist destination.

There, you'll find everything a cruise passenger's heart could desire: a fascinating -- and often dark and bloody -- history embedded in ancient forts, churches and palaces; a walled town filled with exquisite 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial architecture; soft beaches; world-class snorkeling and scuba diving reefs; delightful restaurants; and enough shops to capture your interest without the place feeling like one gigantic mall.

Your only regret, as your cruise ship steams away at the end of the day, will be that you didn't have longer to explore.

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Norwegian Pearl
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Norwegian Pearl

11 Night
Cruise to Cartagena (Colombia)Details

2,374 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$972*pp
$88/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Pearl
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Norwegian Pearl

11 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$986
$776*pp
$71/night • inside Cabin

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Crown Princess

10 Night
Cruise to Cartagena (Colombia)Details

Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,099
$969*pp
$97/night • inside Cabin

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Crown Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$839
$799*pp
$80/night • inside Cabin

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10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,099
$999*pp
$100/night • inside Cabin

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Seven Seas Mariner

18 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
$9,199*pp
$511/night • suite

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Eurodam

11 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$1,599*pp
$145/night • inside Cabin

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Crown Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$799*pp
$80/night • inside Cabin

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Crown Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$799
$769*pp
$77/night • inside Cabin

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Seven Seas Splendor

16 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
$9,449
$9,299*pp
$581/night • suite

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Zuiderdam

14 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$2,149*pp
$154/night • inside Cabin

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14 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$2,149*pp
$154/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Jewel

10 Night
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Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$713*pp
$71/night • inside Cabin

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Crown Princess

15 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,599
$1,299*pp
$87/night • inside Cabin

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Island Princess

15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,699*pp
$113/night • inside Cabin

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Eurodam

11 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$1,749*pp
$159/night • inside Cabin

Holland America

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Crown Princess

15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,499
$1,299*pp
$87/night • inside Cabin

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MSC Divina

18 Night
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1,756 Reviews
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
$1,579
$849*pp
$47/night • outside Cabin

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Ruby Princess

15 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,599
$1,299*pp
$87/night • inside Cabin

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Vision of the Seas

11 Night
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$1,179
$1,029*pp
$94/night • inside Cabin

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Adventure of the Seas

13 Night
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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$999*pp
$77/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Jewel

11 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$1,133*pp
$103/night • inside Cabin

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Vision of the Seas

11 Night
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$1,145*pp
$104/night • inside Cabin

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MSC Divina

14 Night
Cruise to Cartagena (Colombia)Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
$1,579
$1,149*pp
$82/night • balcony

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Norwegian Sky

9 Night
Cruise to Cartagena (Colombia)Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$867*pp
$96/night • inside Cabin

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Why go to Cartagena (Colombia)?

Pros:

This beautiful, colorful old city boasts museums, shaded parks and a welcoming vibe

Cons:

You likely won't have enough time to explore everything, so choose carefully

Bottom Line:

Cartagena stands out from most other Spanish-speaking ports, which are quite commercial

Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Port Facilities?

The visitors' area offers an indoor/outdoor cafe; restrooms; an ATM; a menagerie of wildlife, including flamingoes, peacocks, macaws and monkeys; places to sign up for private shore excursions; an Internet cafe; and a sizeable (and overpriced) gift shop, where you can buy everything from coffee, jewelry and clothing to candy, postcards and postage stamps. Tip: We recommend purchasing your souvenirs elsewhere if you're venturing out into Cartagena. You'll find much more reasonable prices.

Good to Know?

Cartagena is beautiful and clean, and most locals are friendly, but take usual caution. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or flashing large amounts of cash. If you have a sensitive stomach, avoid any fruits or vegetables without peels, and stay away from fountain drinks or drinks with ice in them. (Sin hielo, por favor means "no ice, please.")

Getting Around?

By Taxi: This is really the only means of transportation for cruise passengers who haven't booked shore tours. From the visitors' area, make your way to the gates, where taxi drivers in blue shirts with "TAXI" imprinted all over them wait to take you where you want to go. On our visit, a driver took four of us on a four-hour tour of Cartagena's highlights for $20 per person.

Cabs aren't metered, but there will be tourism officers near the taxi area to help you negotiate a fair price ahead of time. If your driver is taking you somewhere and bringing you back, you won't have to pay until the conclusion of your return trip to ensure that you won't be ripped off. You can choose to have a driver drop you off and pay a one-way fare, but be aware that it can be difficult to find transportation back to the port. Also be aware of enterprising locals who offer rides to tourists on the backs of their motorbikes. It's unsafe, and it's unregulated.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency in Cartagena is the peso, but U.S. dollars and credit cards are accepted everywhere. If you run short, an ATM is located at the port. You'll find currency conversion rates at www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language?

Spanish is widely spoken in Cartagena, but most vendors, store operators and attraction employees will be able to speak enough English to communicate with you. If you catch a taxi in port, it's likely the driver will know a decent amount of English. That said, it's a good idea to download a translation app to your phone or bring an English-Spanish phrasebook with you.

Where You're Docked?

Your ship will dock in the port of Cartagena, where you can either walk five minutes or (for those with mobility issues) take a free shuttle to the visitors' area.


Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Reviews
Cartagena was the best of this trip!... Read More
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Bruges
We did the hop on hop off. We loved it and we loved Cartagena. Want to return... Read More
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The Cruising Couple
Took taxis around Cartagena. What a great city!!... Read More
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SCOOTERNINJA
It`s a top destination - this time we just took a taxi to the old town - they will ask for 20$ we gave 15 we could do 10 probably - back the taxi from center just asked for 10 $ to the cruise dock. Easy to visit by... Read More
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