50 Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Reviews

We walked to the port terminal to pick up some souveniers. There were some beautiful animals there including flamingos and various birds that were well cared for. Also a spot for free WiFi. We had thought that we'd go to town, but the ... Read More
We walked to the port terminal to pick up some souveniers. There were some beautiful animals there including flamingos and various birds that were well cared for. Also a spot for free WiFi. We had thought that we'd go to town, but the taxi "negotiating" was intense so we went back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Been here before and took a city tour. My wife never got off the ship, but I went birding next to the visitor center on the pier, which is pretty good and has refreshing beer to rehydrate you. My opinion of Cartagena is: it's a
Been here before and took a city tour. My wife never got off the ship, but I went birding next to the visitor center on the pier, which is pretty good and has refreshing beer to rehydrate you. My opinion of Cartagena is: it's a hole.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
NOTE-Spain NOT Columbia. Small, mainly naval town, well preserved Roman Amphitheatre but not too much else of interest.
NOTE-Spain NOT Columbia. Small, mainly naval town, well preserved Roman Amphitheatre but not too much else of interest. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
The ship docks at a container pier and over 40 tour buses show up and park on the pier. This is a very hot country and I would not recommend being outside without a lot of water and shade. There was a small shopping area set up a short ... Read More
The ship docks at a container pier and over 40 tour buses show up and park on the pier. This is a very hot country and I would not recommend being outside without a lot of water and shade. There was a small shopping area set up a short distance from the end of the pier. Their big product was emeralds and there wasn't much else to buy (some coffee, t-shirts, etc) but there were not enough staff and they were very slow. I left my purchases because of the slowness of the clerk. There is a small park area with parrots, monkeys and other birds. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We took a tour of the city, and did some walking in the Walled City. Interesting, but too many hawkers, trying to sell us something.
We took a tour of the city, and did some walking in the Walled City. Interesting, but too many hawkers, trying to sell us something. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Wonderful things to see but much to busy to see them at leisure. We were constantly accosted by street sellers and beggars. Hold on to your purse and wallet here.
Wonderful things to see but much to busy to see them at leisure. We were constantly accosted by street sellers and beggars. Hold on to your purse and wallet here. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
A 90 minute city tour listening to the guide tell us how safe Columbia is and that the steel bars on every window & door are "decorative". 'Nuff said. Take a spa day on the ship. Your money will be better spent.
A 90 minute city tour listening to the guide tell us how safe Columbia is and that the steel bars on every window & door are "decorative". 'Nuff said. Take a spa day on the ship. Your money will be better spent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Only had a half day here. We were rush at all our stops and traffic was terrible. I felt like shopping was pressured due to limited time. We were on the ship's tour. A private company would have been a better choice.
Only had a half day here. We were rush at all our stops and traffic was terrible. I felt like shopping was pressured due to limited time. We were on the ship's tour. A private company would have been a better choice. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Traveled on our own into old city. Very aggressive venders and hangers on made this an unpleasant experience.
Traveled on our own into old city. Very aggressive venders and hangers on made this an unpleasant experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We took a harbour tour which was nice. I then did a short drive around the city. Vendors are aggressive and I would not recommend going out on your own in this port.
We took a harbour tour which was nice. I then did a short drive around the city. Vendors are aggressive and I would not recommend going out on your own in this port. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Of all the ports we visited, Cartagena was the one I was most looking forward to. Architecturally the old city is beautiful. It is a classic walled Spanish town with most of the buildings dating to the 16th-18th century. Since we did not ... Read More
Of all the ports we visited, Cartagena was the one I was most looking forward to. Architecturally the old city is beautiful. It is a classic walled Spanish town with most of the buildings dating to the 16th-18th century. Since we did not have a tour scheduled, we hired a cab for a few hours to take us on a tour of the city. This tour includes stops at the monastery, Fort San Felipe and old town. At each location we were immediately surrounded by vendors which would never take no for an answer. (I have traveled to Mexico many times and Cartagena is much worse!) Since there were more vendors than tourists we had to cut our time short at each stop. Even when we bought our tickets to the Inquisition Museum downtown, people were coming up to us inside the museum to sell personal guided tours through the museum for $20 each. Our visit ended with our cab driver telling us that the initial rate quoted had changed and that we owed more. The old town is worth seeing but would not recommend taking a private taxi. Maybe one of the ship's tours would have been better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Cartagena was about what I expected. Since it was built in the early 1500's by the Spanish it very much resembles St Augustine, Florida. I had booked an excursion with Lee Miles Tours and thought that the tour included touring the ... Read More
Cartagena was about what I expected. Since it was built in the early 1500's by the Spanish it very much resembles St Augustine, Florida. I had booked an excursion with Lee Miles Tours and thought that the tour included touring the Fort. However, we just went to the outside of the Fort and were only there about 10 minutes for some outside pictures. If I ever go there again, I will book just a tour of the Fort and not the whole city. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Cartegena was interesting but the ship was only in port from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM so kinda rushed to see La Popa and old town. Not sure why so short because it's only 260 miles to get to Colon, Panama. Didn't have time to walk ... Read More
Cartegena was interesting but the ship was only in port from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM so kinda rushed to see La Popa and old town. Not sure why so short because it's only 260 miles to get to Colon, Panama. Didn't have time to walk up and tour the old fort - only a photo stop. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Next stop Cartegena, Columbia -- We did an excursion that took us on an ecological tour through the mangroves and surrounding swamp (kinda boring), and then we wound up at a local hotel on the beach to enjoy their facilities for an hour ... Read More
Next stop Cartegena, Columbia -- We did an excursion that took us on an ecological tour through the mangroves and surrounding swamp (kinda boring), and then we wound up at a local hotel on the beach to enjoy their facilities for an hour (best part of the excursion). Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We took a cab to old town and walked around a bit. Our cab driver wanted to give us a walking tour (at $40/hour) and we had to firmly tell him that we wanted to be on our own. There are beggars everywhere outside the old town and ... Read More
We took a cab to old town and walked around a bit. Our cab driver wanted to give us a walking tour (at $40/hour) and we had to firmly tell him that we wanted to be on our own. There are beggars everywhere outside the old town and aggressive crafts people selling their wares. They had a hard time taking "No" for an answer. We had lunch in old town (expensive and nothing special). Others who took tours found the history to be very interesting. In 10 years with a lot of work this could be a much better destination. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
I was impressed by the size of this Port city, but due to warnings about high heat we opted to not book and excursion. As predicted it was extremely hot upon arrival. My wife, due to health concerns, stayed on board while I took a short ... Read More
I was impressed by the size of this Port city, but due to warnings about high heat we opted to not book and excursion. As predicted it was extremely hot upon arrival. My wife, due to health concerns, stayed on board while I took a short walk to the terminal and checked out the over priced souvenir shop and the parrots in a little park outside. Beyond this is a place to get taxis and outside the main gates more taxis wanting to take you for a tour. Being by myself I was not interested in going any further and returned to the vessel to cool off. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We had a miserable time in Cartegena. Many of the excursions did not appeal to us, so we chose The Best of Cartegena Tour. We were thoroughly disappointed :( The two places we would have liked to spend a decent amount of time were rushed. ... Read More
We had a miserable time in Cartegena. Many of the excursions did not appeal to us, so we chose The Best of Cartegena Tour. We were thoroughly disappointed :( The two places we would have liked to spend a decent amount of time were rushed. We stopped at the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas for 5 minutes. We wanted to at least walk to the top and take some pictures of the scenery and us on it. We were rushed back onto the tour bus with no time for anything but a far shot picture. We then went on to the Palace of the Inquisition, this was an hour and a half of heat, sweating, and mosquitoes. (We are from South Florida, so we are used to such things, however this was VERY HOT and VERY BUGGY!) Bring lots of water and lots of bug spray if you go. It got to the point where everyone in our group was angry, cranky, and disinterested. I am sure the Palace had a lot of great information for us, but the conditions made it bad. We were supposed to spend 20 minutes at the Dungeons for handicraft shopping, that became 15 minutes. I would have liked to spend more time there because I enjoy trinkets and authentic souvenirs. Eventually we were dumped at a shopping mall with nothing but jewelry stores. Not what I was thinking of buying in Columbia. The city was absolutely gorgeous!! I have some amazing pictures of the architecture. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
The old City reminded us of Marbella Old Town but we were pestered by Taxi drivers & street sellers the whole time. Not for us
The old City reminded us of Marbella Old Town but we were pestered by Taxi drivers & street sellers the whole time. Not for us Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Very dangerous!  They have "envy" killings-drive-by shootings for no reason.  Very dirty and hot.   The emerald shopping is good if you know where to go.  Not all emeralds are real, of course.   I highly recommend ... Read More
Very dangerous!  They have "envy" killings-drive-by shootings for no reason.  Very dirty and hot.   The emerald shopping is good if you know where to go.  Not all emeralds are real, of course.   I highly recommend "Mr. Emerald" which is upstairs in the little shopping village-not the one downstairs that tour guide took us to. I really wanted to see the cathedral of San Pedro de Claver.  It was unfortunately just another old church.   We spent over an hour there when it could have been viewed in 10 minutes.  The "old market" was a bunch of junky souvenirs.  We were hounded constantly by vendors and beggars everywhere.  Our next stop was Puntarenas, Costa Rica; but it's not on the drop down menu.  Nothing there but filth and black beach. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Took a ship tour city center, fortress and convent. Million people, high unemployment around 14% caused a tremendous amount of vendors and very aggressive sales techniques, rivaling the Cairo Pyramid vendors. No means maybe, so just ... Read More
Took a ship tour city center, fortress and convent. Million people, high unemployment around 14% caused a tremendous amount of vendors and very aggressive sales techniques, rivaling the Cairo Pyramid vendors. No means maybe, so just ignore. Walked through the Castillo de San Felipe, very interesting, then a sharp drive up to the La Popa Monastery, great city views, then walking tour of old town Plaza de Bolivar, the emerald shopping experience can be missed. Had an hour delay in getting back on the ship, due to only 1 gangway in place(currents and water height) Shore ex wanted to keep customers in AC comfort on the buses in the 95 deg heat- but our bus was not that cool (got a 20% refund with feedback to shore ex) Others we knew just walked from the port and grabbed some low cost taxi/van tours for 1/2 price. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009

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