Cartagena cruises

Charming, narrow streets host quaint colonial buildings, while the magnificent cathedral and palace dominate the city. The walled old town brimming with colonial history, brightly painted facades, charming balconies and delightful plazas awash with flowers.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Historic Walking & Panorama

    Discover the history and charm of Cartagena's delightful old walled city, combined with a glimpse of its surroundings.

    Historic Walking & Panorama

    A short drive will take you to Santiago’s Bastion, where your walking tour will commence. Admire the charming colonial architecture of the area before continuing to the San Pedro Claver´s Plaza. Discover the history of Pedro Claver, known as 'the Slave of Slaves', who did all he could to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Your guide will then lead you towards Custom Plaza, the city’s commercial centre during colonial times.

    Continuing to Plaza de la Proclamación, you will see the Cathedral and the Governor’s building, which was, in colonial days, the headquarters of the Spanish government. Walk through the Plaza de Bolivar to view the statue of Simon Bolivar and the Inquisition Palace (exterior view only).

    Your walking tour will finish back at Santiago’s Bastion and continue by coach to Las Bóvedas. Enjoy a short shopping stop and a brief sightseeing drive through Bocagrande. A photograph stop will be also be made at San Felipe de Barajas Fortress for a panoramic view over Cartagena.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours’ walking over uneven ground including steps and cobblestone surfaces. Comfortable, flat, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CTG_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Colombian Coffee Experience

    Wake up and smell the coffee, Colombian style. If you’re a lover of the moreish, sleep-busting bean, then here’s a tour for you.

    Colombian Coffee Experience

    On this excursion you’ll fill your cup with the bold history of Cartagena and the rich goodness of pure Colombian Coffee. Your tour begins with a short bus transfer to Cartagena’s fascinating Old City, where you’ll visit a beautiful Colonial House. Here, you’ll have an introduction to Colombian Coffee, an overview of the coffee process, raw materials, quality assessments, smelling and tasting exercises, finishing with guided cupping of 3 different coffees through alternative coffee rituals.

    Afterwards, you’ll have some time to walk around Cartagena’s Old City, with an abundance of photo opportunities. Why not visit one or two of the local shops where you’re sure to find a local trinket to remind you of your tour. Then, hop back on the bus for a panoramic tour of modern Cartagena and its bay en-route to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately one hour of walking over some uneven ground. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CTG_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3¼ hours

  • Cartagena & Inquisition Palace

    Enjoy the sights of Cartagena combined with a visit to the historic Inquisition Palace.

    Cartagena & Inquisition Palace

    Setting off from the port, your drive will take you to Las Bóvedas - the ‘Dungeons’ - originally built to store provisions for the troops and now an artisan centre in the heart of ‘Old Cartagena’. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to browse the local handicraft stalls.

    Afterwards, you will walk through the Plaza de Bolivar to view the statue of Simon Bolivar and enjoy a visit to the Inquisition Palace. This old modest palace was established in Cartagena in 1610 to punish any crimes against the Catholic faith. Here, you will see a sample jail and torture chamber and gain an insight into the darker side of punishment.

    Next, you’ll have some free time into the old town to explore independently or browse for souvenirs.

    Enjoy a Panoramic View of the new city on your return to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a moderate level of activity which includes some uneven ground and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    CTG_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Cartagena & Carriage Ride

    Capture the sights of Cartagena and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old walled city.

    Cartagena & Carriage Ride

    Embark on a short drive to the military fort of San Felipe Fortress to enjoy a panoramic photograph stop. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the old town, las Bovedas (Dungeons) where you’ll join your horse and carriage.

    As you trundle through the narrow cobbled streets of the old walled city, look out for the colonial houses, the Heredia Theatre, the City Hall and the Inquisition Palace at Bolivar Square. You can also admire the charming balconies, old squares and Spanish style buildings.

    Following your carriage ride, you will rejoin your coach to enjoy a panoramic drive of modern Cartagena, before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach, on foot and by carriage. This tour involves some walking and a degree of agility is required when boarding the horse carriage. Flat, non slip shoes are advised. The carriage ride is around 40 minutes to one hour, however this may vary depending on local conditions on the day.

    Tour code

    CTG_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Colombian National Aviary

    If you’re a keen bird enthusiast, or someone who simply enjoys exploring the natural environment, this tour is sure to delight.

    The Colombian National Aviary

    Colombia is a paradise for birds and a nature lover’s dream. In fact, no other country in the world has a higher diversity of birds than Colombia. A staggering 1,900 species of our feathered friends call this lush, green land home.

    Your tour begins with a comfortable, air conditioned, scenic bus ride to nation’s newest tourism area, the pristine island of Baru, Cartagena. After just over an hour, you’ll arrive at Colombia’s National Aviary – one of the finest and most respected in the world, for its sheer diversity of species.

    The Aviary is divided into habitat sections - tropical, coastline and mangroves, desert and Andean mountains. You’ll be able to photograph a breathtaking array of birds, including Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Tangaras, cormorants, pelicans, herons, storks, owls and even the mighty Andean Condor. You’ll be surrounded by abundant woodland, waterfalls and swaying palm trees.

    Later, you’ll have some free time to browse for souvenirs and sip some refreshing local beverages or delicious Colombian coffee, followed by a photo-stop at San Felipe Fort (an impressive hilltop fort built by the Spanish in the 1600s).

    After some sightseeing in the old city of Cartagena, you’ll return to your ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1¾ hours’ of walking over uneven ground with some steps. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CTG_019

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Cartagena Fun Bus

    Hop aboard your colourful Chiva bus and experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cartagena.

    Cartagena Fun Bus

    Your party begins when you step aboard your Chiva, a hand-painted, old wooden artisan bus. These buses are used in rural areas for public transport, they are colourfully painted with local arabesques and figures.

    Enjoy non-stop ‘papayera’ or ‘vallenato’ (local music), complimentary drinks and snacks and learn about the interesting history and traditions of Cartagena. Laugh, clap, sing and listen to jokes, as your Chiva takes you around the charming streets of Cartagena.

    You’ll make a photo stop at the San Felipe Fortress, Manga, Pie de la Popa, El Centro, Boca Grande, Laguito, Castillo Grande, and the Old City (Bovedas).

    Your Chiva will stop at the historic Santa Catalina’s Bastion. Here, you can stretch your legs or dance to the beat of the music.

    You’ll have some time for souvenir and handicraft shopping at Las Bovedas Artisan Centre.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 18 years. There is very little walking involved on this tour, however passengers must be able to negotiate the three steps onto and off the Chiva bus. Local liquor is included. The Chiva is an open-sided bus, without windows and wooden benches for seating.

    Tour code

    CTG_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Scenes of Cartagena

    Capture the best of Cartagena and discover a fascinating collection of buildings and fortifications dating from the early 1600's.

    Scenes of Cartagena

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, which is an architectural and engineering achievement, and was built to protect Cartagena from pirates, took 121 years to build and was completed in 1657. A photo stop will be made for you to capture exterior of the fortress.

    Visit Las Bóvedas - the ‘Dungeons’ - originally built to store provisions for the troops and is now an artisan centre in the heart of ‘Old Cartagena’. Another highlight of Cartagena is the Church of San Pedro Claver. Pedro Claver did all he could to alleviate the suffering of the poor and his body lies on a high altar in a glass coffin. Continue your tour with a visit to the Navy Museum with a folkloric performance.

    To round off your tour, a free time shopping stop will be made at Old City, before returning to the ship.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately two hours’ walking over some rough and uneven ground and a considerable amount of steps to negotiate. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. There is a steep incline at San Felipe Fortress.

    Tour code

    CTG_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours