Cartagena (Colombia) Magnificent Cartegena Excursion Reviews

Sample all the highlights of this beautiful city including La Popa Monastery, Las Bovedas Artisan Center, panoramic views and the Pierino Gallo shopping center.
This excursion was marked as moderate, but turned out to be strenuous.
This excursion was marked as moderate, but turned out to be strenuous. Passengers with bad knees or hips could not make the long hike up to the fortress. Disappointing!
This excursion was marked as moderate, but turned out to be strenuous. Passengers with bad knees or hips could not make the long hike up to the fortress. Disappointing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The guide dragged us to jewelry stores hoping for a sale and a kickback.
The guide dragged us to jewelry stores hoping for a sale and a kickback. Spent very little time seeing the sights.
The guide dragged us to jewelry stores hoping for a sale and a kickback. Spent very little time seeing the sights. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful old town.
Beautiful old town. Sidewalk vendors were numerous and very persistent but we do not criticize as they are just trying to make a living and put food on the table. We also bought three items from them as well.
Beautiful old town. Sidewalk vendors were numerous and very persistent but we do not criticize as they are just trying to make a living and put food on the table. We also bought three items from them as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hounded by merchants all the time not enjoyable.
Hounded by merchants all the time not enjoyable.
Hounded by merchants all the time not enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was abit loud for us, but the view of the city was nice, and it was a large group so ...
It was abit loud for us, but the view of the city was nice, and it was a large group so understandable, but felt rushed
It was abit loud for us, but the view of the city was nice, and it was a large group so understandable, but felt rushed Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A very nice ship's tour.
A very nice ship's tour. We went to a traditional fishing village, where you see another side of the city. A driving tour of the city. Then, a stop for coffee and a traditional Columbian snack. Then to a Emerald Museum, and of course ... Read More
A very nice ship's tour. We went to a traditional fishing village, where you see another side of the city. A driving tour of the city. Then, a stop for coffee and a traditional Columbian snack. Then to a Emerald Museum, and of course a emerald shop. Also stopped at a local craft market. Finally, the UNESCO walled city for a tour. We wanted to stay longer here. The guide graciously offered to bring everyone on the tour back to the ship, and then came back in his personal car to pick us up, and return us. Very nice.Big kudos. Don't miss the small zoo, aviary at the port. Best "ship's cruise terminal" ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Just a quick trip around the city.
Just a quick trip around the city. Too much time spent in places they were trying to sell you stuff.
Just a quick trip around the city. Too much time spent in places they were trying to sell you stuff. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Combination bus and walking tour of the old city.
Combination bus and walking tour of the old city. Constantly being approached by hawkers selling anything and everything. They infiltrated the group making it difficult to hear the guide and were very persistent. Tour was educational, but ... Read More
Combination bus and walking tour of the old city. Constantly being approached by hawkers selling anything and everything. They infiltrated the group making it difficult to hear the guide and were very persistent. Tour was educational, but guide was a little hard to understand. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
What a lovely old city, gorgeous old buildings and streets, amazing.
What a lovely old city, gorgeous old buildings and streets, amazing. The walk to the castle was way too steep in the heat but would have made the effort had the stay at the top been longer than the 10 minutes they did take.
What a lovely old city, gorgeous old buildings and streets, amazing. The walk to the castle was way too steep in the heat but would have made the effort had the stay at the top been longer than the 10 minutes they did take. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was a good overview and the museum was interesting.
It was a good overview and the museum was interesting. We wished we had a bit more time to shop and take photos. Knowledgeable tour guide and we learned a lot. We got good deals here - if you like to shop, do it here, but BARGAIN! Do not ... Read More
It was a good overview and the museum was interesting. We wished we had a bit more time to shop and take photos. Knowledgeable tour guide and we learned a lot. We got good deals here - if you like to shop, do it here, but BARGAIN! Do not pay full price here. Also, take a photo with the ladies with baskets of fruits on their head. For a buck, they're appreciative and you get a great photo! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Victor (guide) and Roberto (driver) were both excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
Victor (guide) and Roberto (driver) were both excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We saw the walled city, ruins, cathedrals, Inquisition Palace and more. The only downside was the horrible woman on the tour who ... Read More
Victor (guide) and Roberto (driver) were both excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We saw the walled city, ruins, cathedrals, Inquisition Palace and more. The only downside was the horrible woman on the tour who complained (loudly, often and at length) about everything. She didn't tip and left all her garbage on the bus. She was awful. I felt really bad for the guides - they kept trying to please her, but of course nothing pleased her. I hope other people speak out about how great Victor and Roberto were - and how wonderful the tour was. It was super hot that day, but the a/c on the bus helped us!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour could have been much better.
The tour could have been much better. The guide was maby not the best. He was in a hurry all the time. The stop on the fort was good. We walked around and he was telling the story. The stop in the old Cartagena city was very rush and ... Read More
The tour could have been much better. The guide was maby not the best. He was in a hurry all the time. The stop on the fort was good. We walked around and he was telling the story. The stop in the old Cartagena city was very rush and hurry. It is really nice and the visitt to the museum was quick and full speed ahead. There was no stop for coffee or free time. Than we ran back to the bus and full speed to new cartagena. So that they could have a emerald shopping event at a store. It would have been much better to have a litte break in old town and then return to the ship. Because the trip to the new area was just ekstra driving and nothing spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Costed 215 USD for the family Mum Dad and 3 children age 3,3,4.
Costed 215 USD for the family Mum Dad and 3 children age 3,3,4. We felt it was overpriced. A full hour was wasted at a local shop where the aim was to sell columbian jade. Everything else was fine.
Costed 215 USD for the family Mum Dad and 3 children age 3,3,4. We felt it was overpriced. A full hour was wasted at a local shop where the aim was to sell columbian jade. Everything else was fine. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Enjoyed the excursion, but too hot weather took away from the pleasure.
Enjoyed the excursion, but too hot weather took away from the pleasure. Also, the street people are relentless. One kept trying to sell me jewelry. I kept saying "I don't wear jewelry and I don't buy gifts" over and ... Read More
Enjoyed the excursion, but too hot weather took away from the pleasure. Also, the street people are relentless. One kept trying to sell me jewelry. I kept saying "I don't wear jewelry and I don't buy gifts" over and over, but he wouldn't get out of my face. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Normally, we book private excursions through the Internet (rather than through the ship) as we find ...
Normally, we book private excursions through the Internet (rather than through the ship) as we find the private product to be generally cheaper, more intimate, and of better quality than excursions organized by the cruise lines. However, ... Read More
Normally, we book private excursions through the Internet (rather than through the ship) as we find the private product to be generally cheaper, more intimate, and of better quality than excursions organized by the cruise lines. However, our Norwegian Sun cruise ship was only in Cartagena for a few hours, and we did not want to risk getting left behind in port, so we booked the Sun's "Magnificent Cartagena Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line