Cartagena (Colombia) Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Excursion Reviews

Travel back to the colonial period and observe the ramparts and battlements of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena, the strongest fortress built by the Spaniards. The undefeated walls of this historic landmark stand proud as they guard and protect its rich antiquity.
tour was very interesting and the views from the fort were beautiful, however, our tour was delayed ...
Sail Date: May 2019
tour was very interesting and the views from the fort were beautiful, however, our tour was delayed as an unusual monsoonal rain came down before we left the ship and having left everything soaking wet, the pavement at the fort was ... Read More
tour was very interesting and the views from the fort were beautiful, however, our tour was delayed as an unusual monsoonal rain came down before we left the ship and having left everything soaking wet, the pavement at the fort was extremely slick. The walk up into the fort was very steep and with the wet pavement, it was very slow going. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
"San Felipe Fortress & City at Leisure".
Sail Date: March 2019
"San Felipe Fortress & City at Leisure". We climbed to the top of the fort and then they dropped us off at a small shopping square for 2 hours. Bring your wifi device and find a cafe with free wifi, buy a coffee and kill ... Read More
"San Felipe Fortress & City at Leisure". We climbed to the top of the fort and then they dropped us off at a small shopping square for 2 hours. Bring your wifi device and find a cafe with free wifi, buy a coffee and kill time by catching up on goings on back home. Warning- menus are priced in columbian pesos so know your conversion rate to US dollars. They tend to round up quite a bit and bring smaller bills as you will not get change back at some of the cafes. There was not many shops to buy at except jewelry stores . There was one jewelry store with an NCL approved sign that gave you free cans of beer to look at their stuff. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Since we had been to Cartagena once before, we chose to take a Panoramic Sightseeing Tour offered ...
Sail Date: February 2019
Since we had been to Cartagena once before, we chose to take a Panoramic Sightseeing Tour offered by Celebrity. The tour took us to the San Felipe Barajas Fortress (photo stop only), Las Bovedas for a brief shopping stop, the Naval Museum ... Read More
Since we had been to Cartagena once before, we chose to take a Panoramic Sightseeing Tour offered by Celebrity. The tour took us to the San Felipe Barajas Fortress (photo stop only), Las Bovedas for a brief shopping stop, the Naval Museum and a drive through Old Town. The museum tour also included an excellent Columbia Folk Dance performed by local dancers. We really enjoyed the tour and our guide, Marco, was excellent as he provided a wealth of information about the history of and life in Cartagena. Cartagena is a big city (1.5 million people) and traffic was very congested. However, it is a very beautiful, historic city. It was warm the day we visited (95 degrees). Be aware, the street vendors can be aggressive, but I think this just adds to the flavor of the historic city. Another amazing feature is the port terminal area - it is unique, as it is a tree-covered area at the end of the pier. It is a short walk from the ship or a free shuttle ride. If you are not interested in going into town, at least visit the terminal area as it has a nice souvenir shop and several garden displays with live native animals such as parrots, flamingos, etc. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very hot and hilly, but worth the walk with your guide.
Sail Date: November 2018
Very hot and hilly, but worth the walk with your guide. Lots of interesting information and enjoyed the fort, most tours take you to the outside only, we wanted to tour the fort itself, very impressive.
Very hot and hilly, but worth the walk with your guide. Lots of interesting information and enjoyed the fort, most tours take you to the outside only, we wanted to tour the fort itself, very impressive. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour of old city and fortress.
Sail Date: November 2018
Excellent tour of old city and fortress.
Excellent tour of old city and fortress. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nice view of the area from this high-ground; which is where this defensive fort was located.
Sail Date: November 2018
Nice view of the area from this high-ground; which is where this defensive fort was located. The guide was knowledgable about the fort in particular as well as the area. Too many people pushing soveniers in your face however - but to be ... Read More
Nice view of the area from this high-ground; which is where this defensive fort was located. The guide was knowledgable about the fort in particular as well as the area. Too many people pushing soveniers in your face however - but to be fair this can't be avoided - not the fault of the tour operator. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Don't bother with the audio narration when you buy an entrance ticket.
Sail Date: April 2018
Don't bother with the audio narration when you buy an entrance ticket. The audio narration works off of numbered points around the fort, but the fort is not numbered. You get a map to try and figure out where to be for each section of ... Read More
Don't bother with the audio narration when you buy an entrance ticket. The audio narration works off of numbered points around the fort, but the fort is not numbered. You get a map to try and figure out where to be for each section of the audio narration. Waist of money! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The short boat ride was in a small boat but was very informative.
Sail Date: April 2018
The short boat ride was in a small boat but was very informative. The walk up the Castillo de San Felipe was a good hike. The views were very nice.
The short boat ride was in a small boat but was very informative. The walk up the Castillo de San Felipe was a good hike. The views were very nice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Oh my!
Sail Date: April 2018
Oh my! The Castillo de Felipe required some serious walking and climbing in the heat and humidity! We managed it OK, but wife probably would not have done it had she known how much of a hike it was. Then we were taken to the old walled ... Read More
Oh my! The Castillo de Felipe required some serious walking and climbing in the heat and humidity! We managed it OK, but wife probably would not have done it had she known how much of a hike it was. Then we were taken to the old walled part of the city, where we were given a short orientation tour and the usual stop at an emerald store. But the good news was that we had about 2 hours of free time, which we used to find and enjoy an excellent restaurant with free WiFi! The old town would be a great place to wander around in with more time and less crowds. But glad we saw it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour to appreciate the impact of the Spanish on this uncivilized culture.
Sail Date: April 2018
Great tour to appreciate the impact of the Spanish on this uncivilized culture. Must have been exciting times back then, taking the gold from the natives, and then having to defend it from pirates, not to mention the Spanish Inquisition. ... Read More
Great tour to appreciate the impact of the Spanish on this uncivilized culture. Must have been exciting times back then, taking the gold from the natives, and then having to defend it from pirates, not to mention the Spanish Inquisition. Tour guide very good. Recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The fortress was good and there was some time for shopping but the tour was too big.
Sail Date: March 2018
The fortress was good and there was some time for shopping but the tour was too big. We didn't know that it was a bi-lingual tour so we spent a great deal of time listening to the alternative commentary.
The fortress was good and there was some time for shopping but the tour was too big. We didn't know that it was a bi-lingual tour so we spent a great deal of time listening to the alternative commentary. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It has fascinating history.
Sail Date: January 2018
It has fascinating history. It is rated as difficult tour, and it is strenuous, although there were people with canes on it. The vendors didn't seem to be too pushy.
It has fascinating history. It is rated as difficult tour, and it is strenuous, although there were people with canes on it. The vendors didn't seem to be too pushy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a good tour with a good guide.
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a good tour with a good guide. We spent time at the old fort, walked he streets of the old city, and had a tour of the harbor. I would have appreciated a longer tour of the old city (perhaps seeing the inside of the cathedral and ... Read More
This was a good tour with a good guide. We spent time at the old fort, walked he streets of the old city, and had a tour of the harbor. I would have appreciated a longer tour of the old city (perhaps seeing the inside of the cathedral and theater). the only detriment was the plethora of street hawkers who were just constantly accosting you. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Quite a hike, but well worth it.
Sail Date: February 2017
Quite a hike, but well worth it. We were told not to buy here, but I wish we had. Plenty of good things at reasonable prices.
Quite a hike, but well worth it. We were told not to buy here, but I wish we had. Plenty of good things at reasonable prices. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good tour of the Fort and city, walled city was interesting.
Sail Date: January 2017
Good tour of the Fort and city, walled city was interesting. Lots of people trying to sell things and they don't take no thank you very well.
Good tour of the Fort and city, walled city was interesting. Lots of people trying to sell things and they don't take no thank you very well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Definitely need to take excursion to see old town and Castle as quite away from the port, well ...
Sail Date: January 2017
Definitely need to take excursion to see old town and Castle as quite away from the port, well worth the money beautiful colourful picturesque quaint town
Definitely need to take excursion to see old town and Castle as quite away from the port, well worth the money beautiful colourful picturesque quaint town Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was all very interesting and informative because we had a very good guide.
Sail Date: December 2016
It was all very interesting and informative because we had a very good guide. Our ship arrived late, but our guide moved us along at a good steady pace so we didn't miss anything.
It was all very interesting and informative because we had a very good guide. Our ship arrived late, but our guide moved us along at a good steady pace so we didn't miss anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
was very informative but lasted 1.5 hrs.
Sail Date: November 2016
was very informative but lasted 1.5 hrs. longer than advertised. Got back very tiered.
was very informative but lasted 1.5 hrs. longer than advertised. Got back very tiered. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fort impressive, but very steep ramps up and down and no hand rails.
Sail Date: November 2016
Fort impressive, but very steep ramps up and down and no hand rails. Very hot and humid! Incredible numbers of street vendors every step - not pushy but one after another after another. Town seemed clean. Good guide. Boat ride at end was ... Read More
Fort impressive, but very steep ramps up and down and no hand rails. Very hot and humid! Incredible numbers of street vendors every step - not pushy but one after another after another. Town seemed clean. Good guide. Boat ride at end was refreshing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very scenic tour, with some shopping at the end.
Sail Date: October 2016
Very scenic tour, with some shopping at the end. Great for Photographers!
Very scenic tour, with some shopping at the end. Great for Photographers! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great guide (Sandy) and a chance to see the old city
Sail Date: September 2016
Great guide (Sandy) and a chance to see the old city
Great guide (Sandy) and a chance to see the old city Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Super
Sail Date: March 2016
Super
Super Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The fort was a very strenuous walk up, which we didn't know, consequently my wife couldn't see it.
Sail Date: March 2016
The fort was a very strenuous walk up, which we didn't know, consequently my wife couldn't see it. They need a better description of how strenuous it is for someone with COPD.
The fort was a very strenuous walk up, which we didn't know, consequently my wife couldn't see it. They need a better description of how strenuous it is for someone with COPD. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Well organized, good guide.
Sail Date: January 2016
Well organized, good guide. Nice overview of the city.
Well organized, good guide. Nice overview of the city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice.
Sail Date: January 2016
Nice.
Nice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises