151 Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Reviews

You could take a shuttle to the end of the pier but we chose to walk. We were told there were all kinds of shops at the end of the pier. I was specifically looking for a pharmacy. There was one big souvenir shop at the end of the pier. ... Read More
You could take a shuttle to the end of the pier but we chose to walk. We were told there were all kinds of shops at the end of the pier. I was specifically looking for a pharmacy. There was one big souvenir shop at the end of the pier. If you went through the shop, taxi drivers "attacked" you trying to offer their services. It was annoying. We were told everything was miles away (including the closest pharmacy) so chose to turn around and walk back to the ship. Our dinner table partners said who took a taxi all around the city said that everywhere they stopped, they were hounded by people trying to get them to buy whatever it was they were selling. It was not a fun experience for them when vendors would not take "no" for an answer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We took a taxi to the shopping area. Once away from the port, it is a very old city with cobble stone streets. The shopping area was busy with vendors selling everything. We did have a very nice taxi driver who waited while we did ... Read More
We took a taxi to the shopping area. Once away from the port, it is a very old city with cobble stone streets. The shopping area was busy with vendors selling everything. We did have a very nice taxi driver who waited while we did shopping. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
The tour was informative and well described. I despise agressive street vendors and in this country you certainly get them. The walking tour was great and i prefer to see less but walk the streets then to sit on a bus and watch the ... Read More
The tour was informative and well described. I despise agressive street vendors and in this country you certainly get them. The walking tour was great and i prefer to see less but walk the streets then to sit on a bus and watch the country fly by. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We should have taken an excursion! Haggling with taxi drivers outside the dock area, we caught a cab for $7 instead of the $20 they asked initially. Crowded streets made driving a harrowing experience. Once inside the "old ... Read More
We should have taken an excursion! Haggling with taxi drivers outside the dock area, we caught a cab for $7 instead of the $20 they asked initially. Crowded streets made driving a harrowing experience. Once inside the "old city", we were followed by purveyors of hats, hats, and more hats, until we ducked into an "emerald" jewelry store where the price of earrings was reduced from $4800 to $2400 and as I exited the store, the merchant called out, $500? I am disturbed by "haggling", even in the Mideast, where it is part of the culture, and since my legs were giving out, we "haggled" again for a $7 taxi ride back to the dock. However, there, in the store near the shuttle stop, my DH replaced his lost Tilly Bush Hat with a more colorful version proclaiming that we had been to Cartagena, so all's well that ends well! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We got up at 8:00 for an early breakfast to start our tour of "Magnificent Cartagena". Sitting at the buffet at the rear of the ship we noticed the monastery we planned to tour on the top of the hill. Cartagena is a lot more ... Read More
We got up at 8:00 for an early breakfast to start our tour of "Magnificent Cartagena". Sitting at the buffet at the rear of the ship we noticed the monastery we planned to tour on the top of the hill. Cartagena is a lot more modern than I had envisioned. The tour of the monastery was interesting and had a magnificent 360 degree view of the city below. Our next stop was the old Spanish fort which guarded the city from pirates. We didn't get to go in but stopped for a photo opportunity and some street vendor bargaining. We then ended up inside the walled city of "Old Cartagena". The barracks of the fort have been turned into souvenir vendor shops. the streets had an old colonial feel to them with old buildings in painted in rather bright colors. the guide took us for a walking tour from the bay area to visit a cathedral and Simon Bolivar Plaza. At the plaza we were entertained by a group of young Colombia break dancers. After the tour then took us to a bunch of shops that sold emerald's as the very best emeralds come from Colombia. I was going to buy a bunch for souvenirs, NOT! Seems like all of the Cartagena tours include shopping somewhere in which the guides must get kickbacks. We got back to the ship at 4:00 and had a quick lunch before heading back on shore to use the Wi-Fi at the cruise ship terminal plaza. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Cartagena, Colombia -– This cruise dock was located in the middle of their commercial docks. It was about 20 or 30 min. from Cartagena. When we arrived and through the early morning hours we had off and on rain. We had booked our ... Read More
Cartagena, Colombia -– This cruise dock was located in the middle of their commercial docks. It was about 20 or 30 min. from Cartagena. When we arrived and through the early morning hours we had off and on rain. We had booked our fourth scuba dive with Buzoz de Baru. Because of the inclement weather they were not able to pick us up at the cruise ship dock as we had planned and wanted us to take a taxi to their shop. Because of time constraints we could not do this dive and had to cancel it. As it was too late to try to take a cruise ship tour we went to the taxi stand at the end of the cruise dock and was able to book a tour of Cartagena for the two of us for $60. This was like a private tour for two and our driver was very informative even though his English was not that good we were able to understand him most of the time. Our first stop was at Fort de San Felipe. This was one of the forts that was built at the entrance to the old city. We spent about 45 min. during this Fort. The original city was protected by a 15 foot high wall that surrounded the entire city in which this Fort was the cornerstone. We next went to Las Bovedas area. The lower level of one of these buildings which used to house soldiers had been converted into a shopping mall. Our guide then parked just outside an area in the old city where no cars were allowed and took us on a walking tour. We spent about an hour and a half in this area looking at the various architectures, buildings and shops. There were walking street vendors everywhere trying to sell you something including a 'Rolex' watch for $20. The ladies took the City Drive, Shopping and La Popa Monastery tour. Their tour was pretty much the same as the one that we took except they made a stop at La Popa Monastery And Convent. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
It was so very hot & humid that I can't say I had a great time. We took a taxi and he took us on a 3 hour excursion around the area. It was very inexpensive ($25p/p) and he stayed with us the entire time, even when we were ... Read More
It was so very hot & humid that I can't say I had a great time. We took a taxi and he took us on a 3 hour excursion around the area. It was very inexpensive ($25p/p) and he stayed with us the entire time, even when we were shopping. He'd get out and stop traffic so we could cross! You have to remember to get the Taxi drives in blue shirts. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Beautiful country, great deals on Colombian emeralds. Keep te paperwork handy proving that you bought the emeralds in Colombia; we got pulled side going through customs in FL.
Beautiful country, great deals on Colombian emeralds. Keep te paperwork handy proving that you bought the emeralds in Colombia; we got pulled side going through customs in FL. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Took a taxi ride (maniac) to old city. wandered around for awhile till the heat got the better of me. Purchased nothing. Regretted not taking some kind of excursion. Grrrrr. Retreated to shopping area at pier, which I/we found ... Read More
Took a taxi ride (maniac) to old city. wandered around for awhile till the heat got the better of me. Purchased nothing. Regretted not taking some kind of excursion. Grrrrr. Retreated to shopping area at pier, which I/we found enjoyable with the beautiful trees and parrots outside. Bought two bags of coffee beans. Must now purchase a coffee grinder. Duh. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Picked up a local taxi outside the pier area - shared with 2 others so $10 each. Too far to walk in 90 degrees heat/humidity. Return trip was quoted as $15 for 2 but we offered $20 and he took the $5 as a tip and refused to give change. ... Read More
Picked up a local taxi outside the pier area - shared with 2 others so $10 each. Too far to walk in 90 degrees heat/humidity. Return trip was quoted as $15 for 2 but we offered $20 and he took the $5 as a tip and refused to give change. Went to the old town which was worth seeing as we weren't interested in shopping. A few beggars but generally well maintained. Interesting buildings and churches although some charge for entry.Also a fort - entry charge. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We've been here before. The port is a little ways from the city so you have to take a taxi. Once there the old town is pretty. Many people take tours, but we chose to stay on the ship.
We've been here before. The port is a little ways from the city so you have to take a taxi. Once there the old town is pretty. Many people take tours, but we chose to stay on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We only stayed therefor 5 hours. Its very hard to see in that amount of time but would like to spend some more time exploring the old city
We only stayed therefor 5 hours. Its very hard to see in that amount of time but would like to spend some more time exploring the old city Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We participated in three tours. The first one was in Cartagena and we arranged this privately with others from our Cruise Critic roll call. Our guide was Claudia and she spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the history ... Read More
We participated in three tours. The first one was in Cartagena and we arranged this privately with others from our Cruise Critic roll call. Our guide was Claudia and she spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the history of Colombia. However, we spent way too much time being deposited at shops. There were only ten of us and we all agreed that we didn't want to spend 45 minutes at high end emerald shops so we asked to be returned to the ship. I would have preferred that we had the time to visit the Museum of the Inquisition but we only saw it from outside. The vendors in Cartagena are quite aggressive but not intimidating. I didn't feel at all nervous. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
2nd time in Cartagena. Love the port, the architecture, the history, the cafes. However, there is no joy in being harrassed by hundreds of peddlars continuously while inside the walls of the old city
2nd time in Cartagena. Love the port, the architecture, the history, the cafes. However, there is no joy in being harrassed by hundreds of peddlars continuously while inside the walls of the old city Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Cartegena was our first port after leaving Miami. We took a taxi to the old historical area and walked through the town. It was very interesting. I recommend the old Catholic Church as it is beautiful on the inside. I can't remember ... Read More
Cartegena was our first port after leaving Miami. We took a taxi to the old historical area and walked through the town. It was very interesting. I recommend the old Catholic Church as it is beautiful on the inside. I can't remember the name. We ran out of time but I wished we went to the monastery on top of the hill . Everyone said it was beautiful with a great view. It was very hot! Take a taxi to the fort and monastery as the walk is long and too difficult to get to the monastery Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
If you like New Orleans, you will probably like Cartagena. The architecture is very similar and the walled old town has a lot of interesting buildings within its environs. What is not so enjoyable is the innumerable street vendors hawking ... Read More
If you like New Orleans, you will probably like Cartagena. The architecture is very similar and the walled old town has a lot of interesting buildings within its environs. What is not so enjoyable is the innumerable street vendors hawking their wares and they are all over you constantly. I didn't get to see the "new" area with its skyscrapers and modern buildings. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Deluxe Cartagena with a visit to the Fort Pleasant tour, though it would have helped if the guide spoke English better and if the audio systems were better maintained (and cleaner)
Deluxe Cartagena with a visit to the Fort Pleasant tour, though it would have helped if the guide spoke English better and if the audio systems were better maintained (and cleaner) Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
We did the Inqusition Palace and shopping tour. This was OK. You got to see downtown which was better than the actual palace. Shopping was a joke. The shops were expensive and the goods seemed to be junk. Coffee at $10 a lbs someone is ... Read More
We did the Inqusition Palace and shopping tour. This was OK. You got to see downtown which was better than the actual palace. Shopping was a joke. The shops were expensive and the goods seemed to be junk. Coffee at $10 a lbs someone is making some money! Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Cartagena, Columbia We took the Old City and Inquisition Palace tour. Our tour guide, Monica, was informative and very understandable. However, the various vendors who swarmed us outside of the fort were intolerable. They actually got on ... Read More
Cartagena, Columbia We took the Old City and Inquisition Palace tour. Our tour guide, Monica, was informative and very understandable. However, the various vendors who swarmed us outside of the fort were intolerable. They actually got on the bus in their efforts to try to sell us trinkets that were not wanted. The Inquisition Palace was interesting, but too hot with too many people in a room at one time. We also made a too brief stop at the Naval Museum. The native dancers at the Museum were ok, but we would have rather spent more time perusing the actual museum. We decided not to buy any jewelry in Columbia as I did not know enough about the shops that we visited. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
This was an NCL shore excursion and because of the rain it kept us from seeing everything we were supposed to because of the flooding. It was still an interesting trip though, and NCL refunded us half of the cost of the excursion because ... Read More
This was an NCL shore excursion and because of the rain it kept us from seeing everything we were supposed to because of the flooding. It was still an interesting trip though, and NCL refunded us half of the cost of the excursion because of the rain, which was nice of them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010

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